The Most Difficult English Words To Pronounce

According to a recent Reddit poll, here are the top 10 words that foil foreign language speakers.

Many are British (at least in origin), and foil Americans too.

  1. Rural
  2. Otorhinolaryngologist
  3. Stethoscope
  4. Colonel
  5. Penguin
  6. Sixth
  7. Isthmus
  8. Anemone
  9. Squirrel

Check out the article for the top 2.

I’d add : “knight, caught, theatre, weigh, freight, eight, and anything borrowed from French (M’aidez, rendezvous). Although these are mostly hard to pronounce the first time (and very hard to spell).

Do you have a favorite?