Can You Correctly Pronounce These 10 Commonly Mispronounced Food Words Ep 641

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Imagine surprising your friends with your flawless pronunciation of words that even native speakers stumble over! You're about to unlock the secrets of 10 tantalising food terms that could get tongues twisted. From the heart of Britain to the vibrant cultures of North Africa and Spain, this lesson is more than just pronunciation - it's a taste of global cuisine through the lens of British English.

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In today's lesson we explore 10 exotic and unusual English words used in everyday British conversations about food. Imagine being able to effortlessly order a 'quinoa salad with artichoke and prosciutto' or discuss the difference between 'aubergine' and 'courgette'! This lesson is not just about words, it's taking a look inside English culture, cuisine, and communication. A lesson that will be a feast for the mind that will have you coming back for seconds.

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  1. What is the objective of this lesson? The objective of this lesson is to enhance your English fluency and comprehension by focusing on the pronunciation and cultural context of 10 commonly mispronounced food-related words, helping you to communicate more effectively in British English.
  2. How will this lesson improve my British English pronunciation? By practising the pronunciation of these 10 words, you're not just learning their correct sounds but also understanding the cultural nuances that come with them. This can significantly improve your pronunciation skills and accent in British English.
  3. How does understanding the cultural context of food-related words enhance my English fluency? Understanding the cultural context behind words can enrich your vocabulary usage, making your English sound more natural and fluent. It can also improve your comprehension by giving you a deeper understanding of the cultural nuances in English conversations and texts.
  4. Can this lesson help me if I'm focusing on American English instead of British English? Yes! While some words might be pronounced differently in British and American English, understanding the cultural context and correct pronunciation of words is universally beneficial for English fluency. Moreover, many of these food-related words are used internationally.
  5. How does learning the pronunciation of food-related words help with my overall English fluency? Focusing on specific word categories, like food-related words, can make the learning process more manageable and fun. Moreover, food is a universal topic, so these words are likely to come up in many different conversations, helping you practice your English in real-life situations.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Quinoa: A type of grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It's highly nutritious and often used in healthy recipes.
  • Worcestershire: Referring to Worcestershire Sauce, a fermented liquid condiment created in the city of Worcester in Worcestershire, England.
  • Paella: A Spanish rice dish traditionally cooked in a large pan and includes various types of meat, seafood, and vegetables.
  • Bouillon: A broth made by stewing meat, fish, or vegetables in water. Often used as a base for soups or sauces.
  • Focaccia: An Italian type of bread made with olive oil, salt, water, and flour. Often topped with herbs or other ingredients.
  • Aubergine: The British term for 'eggplant', a purple, pear-shaped fruit used in cooking.
  • Courgette: The British term for 'zucchini', a type of summer squash.
  • Jalapeno: A medium-sized chilli pepper that has a warm, burning sensation when eaten.
  • Artichoke: A type of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom.
  • Prosciutto: An Italian dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: Can You Correctly Pronounce These 10 Commonly Mispronounced Food Words

Do you want to learn 10 difficult-to-pronounce words for food?

Hi there. English pronunciation can be difficult. Today, do you want to master 10 difficult-to-pronounce words for food, common food items?

I've chosen 10 food words, whose pronunciation may surprise you?

This podcast will help you get ahead with vocabulary for common foods that perhaps both you and I enjoy. A bit of cultural insight, talk about the use and origins of foods. And stick around to the end this podcast and you'll get a chance to practise your newly learned pronunciation.

Some of these words are British in origin, and their difficult pronunciation just comes from that typical inconsistency in the language. You know it well.

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Food words from other languages - that we change in English!

But some of these words have their pronunciation because they come from a different language, not English, but they're all commonly used and known in English.

In the UK rather like the US, we don't just eat our own food. We eat food from all around the world. We enjoy all kinds of food and sometimes we pronounce the words for this food the same as the language they came from. And sometimes we have a special British way of pronouncing things. We call that 'to anglicize' something. Our own pronunciation.

How do you feel if it's your language, that the word comes from? Is it a mispronunciation perhaps? Do you say 'paella' or 'paella'? Do you say 'jalapeno' or 'jalapeno'?

You decide, but either way, I'm going to help you understand some difficult but common words for food that you'll hear English speakers say. 10 of them.

1. Quinoa

  1. Quinoa. That's Q U I N O A - 'quinoa'. It looks as though you'd say 'kwin-oa', doesn't it? But it is pronounced 'keen-wa'. So this is a seed, S E E D, that comes from a plant. And a 'seed' is what you'd put in the ground if you wanted to grow the plant. Common seeds that we eat, sesame seeds, caraway seeds, and quinoa.

Have you ever tried making couscous with quinoa? 'Couscous'. That's C O U S C O U S. It's a flavourful dish from North Africa - Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria. Imagine your couscous loaded with vegetables, chickpeas, courgettes, tomatoes, onions, and sometimes meat. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

2. Worcestershire Sauce

  1. Worcestershire Sauce. This is a very British food. Here it is. A very British food and a 'tong-twister' at the same time! If you've ever visited the UK, have you come across Worcestershire Sauce? It's spelled as in 'Worcestershire' or 'Worcestershire'. And 'Sauce', S A U C E. So this is complicated by the fact that we say 'Wuster Sauce', as though it's spelled W U S T E R, but we spell it like 'Worcestershire', the name of the county.

That's a geographical area in the UK. And the 'county town', or main town in Worcestershire is 'Worcester', W O R C E S T E R.

Just coming back to Worcestershire Sauce for a minute, you might add it to any meat dish, to give extra flavour or a few drops of Worcester Sauce is very nice on Cheese on Toast. A favourite snack in the UK.

The pronunciation of the town, 'Worcester', that's repeated in a number of place names in the UK. ' Gloucester', G L O U C E S T E R. Or 'Leicester', L E I C E S T E R, and of course, 'Gloucestershire' and 'Leicestershire'. Difficult pronunciations if you're not familiar with them.

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3. Paella

  1. Paella. That's P A E L L A. Now if you're Spanish or simply you're familiar with this dish from Spain, you may pronounce it the Spanish Way, 'paella'. I like that - 'paella'!

It's a rice dish cooked in a frying pan, with vegetables and seafood or chorizo maybe, or sausages maybe. And 'paella' is the Catalan name from Catalunya for a pan, for the particular type of pan that's used.

But in the UK we do call this 'paella', as though it's spelt P I E - E L L A. 'Paella'. We do this a lot. We take a word from another language and we give it our own British pronunciation. The rights and wrongs of that, you may debate! So paella.

4. Bouillon

  1. Another cooking term that you might come across - 'bouillon' or 'a bouillon cube'. That's B O U I L L O N.

Here's an example of a bouillon cube! So it's a little cube, C U B E, that we use to make 'stock'. ' Stock' is the flavoured liquid that you would add to soups and casseroles, and the other name for a 'bouillon cube' is a 'stock cube' in English.

'Bouillon' - pretty much the same, I think as it's said in French. And maybe you are cheating using a 'bouillon cube', but in these days where we eat less meat, maybe that's OK!

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5. Focaccia

  1. Focacchia, So, again, you may be familiar with this word. It's a type of Italian bread. We say 'foc-atch-ia'. If you're Italian or familiar with Italian, you would probably put more stress on the middle syllable - 'focaccia, focaccia', but in English we say 'focaccia'. Sorry about that! Very nice bread, made with olive oil, rather like a pizza base.

6. Aubergine

  1. The next one - 'aubergine'. - one of these! A U B E R G I N E. And we say 'aubergine'. You might be saying 'Surely that's an eggplant?' That's E G G P L A N T. And you'd be right for US English. But British English, it's an 'aubergine'. We have our own word for it.

What might you make with an 'aubergine'? Well, it could go into roasted vegetables, or if you'd like to make a Greek moussaka, you'll probably need an 'aubergine'.

And what else have I got?

7. Courgette

  1. Courgette - there you are! A courgette.

'Courgette' is C O U R G E T T E.

And again, you might be saying to me, but that's 'zucchini'. And you would be right for US English. 'Zucchini', means exactly the same, but for us it's a 'courgette'. These grow really easily in British gardens. Lots of people grow them. And they make a nice green soup. Pronunciation again? 'Courgette'.

8. Jalapeno

  1. Next? Another one borrowed from another language. This time Spanish, again.

One of these.

So the word is 'jalapeno', if you pronounce it in the Spanish way. But in UK English, we sometimes say 'jalapeno'. Mispronunciation, of course! British people do like a spice. We have a long-term love affair with curries of course. So chillis and jalapenos are very popular.

' Jalapeno', 'Jalapeno'. I guess you've a choice which one you use. We do sometimes like to mispronounce words to make them our own.


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9. Artichoke

  1. Another vegetable that can be hard to pronounce in English - 'artichoke'. That's A R T I C H O K E. I don't have one of those!

So it's the name of vegetable and you can have 'Jerusalem artichokes', where you eat the root. Or 'globe artichokes', where you eat a part of the flower.

A globe artichoke looks a bit like a thistle, which is the National Flower of Scotland.

Artichokes have quite a delicate flavour. Dishes that you might make with artichokes? An Artichoke Pilaf is an example.

10. Prosciutto

  1. The last one, another Italian one. Another Italian word, which is now part of English. 'Prosciutto', P R O S C I U T T O. 'Prosciutto'.

Do you think our pronunciation is fairly close to the original Italian or not? 'Prosciutto'.

You may be familiar with this, but if you're not, 'prosciutto' means 'ham', specific to Italy, so that is salted or cured meat from a pig, the pig's hind or back leg to be precise. Prosciutto is delicious - I love prosciutto. We do also have lots of different types of British ham in the UK, but they tend to be boiled or roasted.

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OK. So that's a sample of some food words in English that can be difficult to pronounce. Some of them because they're difficult English words. Some of them because they come from different languages. And some of them because they come from different languages and then we've changed them as well.

Let's practise pronunciation with difficult-to-pronounce foods!

Shall we do some pronunciation practice with these? You can have a go yourself at practising with these sentences, by repeating them after me. Pause the recording if you need to. I'll give you a sentence for each word to help you remember.

  1. Quinoa is what you use to make the North African dish, 'couscous'. Quinoa is what you use to make the North African dish, 'couscous'.

  2. Worcestershire Sauce is great for cheese on toast. Worcester sauce is great for cheese on toast.

  3. Paella is a Spanish dish, made with rice and vegetables, prawns or chorizo. Paella is a Spanish dish made with rice and vegetables, prawns or chorizo.

  4. If you're making a quick soup, you might use a bouillon cube. If you're making a quick soup, you might use a bouillon cube.

  5. Focaccia is a type of Italian flatbread, made with olive oil. Focaccia is a type of Italian flatbread, made with olive oil.

  6. If you want to make the Greek dish moussaka, you'll need some aubergines. If you want to make the Greek dish moussaka, you'll need some aubergines.

  7. I've grown courgettes in my garden this summer and they make a lovely soup. I've grown courgettes in my garden this summer and they make a lovely soup.

  8. Would you like jalapenos on your pizza? Would you like jalapenos on your pizza?

  9. Globe artichokes are very nice, but the part you can eat is small. Globe artichokes are very nice, but the part you can eat is small.

  10. My favourite type of ham is prosciutto. My favourite type of ham is prosciutto.

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