All the encouragement that I received for my previous post Pronunciation Bloopers – 1 has spurred me to action, and so here is the second part in this series focusing on commonly mispronounced words. This post specifically deals with words related to food and cooking, and all things palatable and potable. I took all your suggestions to post this one promptly because these really are words that we use in our everyday conversations at homes, offices, restaurants, parties, everywhere.
Before I give you the list, let me share a little something. This Wednesday night, I had pizza for dinner. Even though the calorie-laden slices made me regret my dinner choice, my one solace was that I had pronounced it correctly (as we learnt about it in the first part). So you see, learning the correct pronunciations might help soften the blow of these dietary slip-ups. And since I am a tad conscious after my cheesy lapse, I will start this list with some healthy choices and then plunge in the calorie pool! I hope you all find this one useful too.
|Word||Comment on Pronunciation||Note|
|Quinoa||[keen-wah, kee-noh-uh]||Mishi – Very difficult to resist starting with “qui” as in quick|
|Raspberry||[raz-ber-ee, -buh-ree, rahz-], not rasp-berry||Mishi – Ah, I keep forgetting this one|
|Salmon||[sam-uh n]||Mishi – Yeah, the “L” is to be ignored|
|Almond||[ah-muh nd or am-uh nd], not al-muhnd||Mishi – As in salmon, ignore the “L”|
|Shea||[shee, shey], not shee-aa||Mishi – I hear this more often in the cosmetics stores than in the grocery stores 🙂|
|Cheddar||[ched-er], not shed-er||Mishi – Start with ch as in check, not sh as in shed|
|Steak||steyk, not steek||Sumit- One leads to another
Mishi – If the waiter doesn’t get it, your steak is at stake – so remember to pronounce this one as stake 😉
|Chow mein||[chou meyn]||Mishi – The “chow” part is easy, just remember not to end it with an abrupt “min”|
|Provolone||[proh-vuh-loh-nee]||Mishi – End it with “lo(h)ny”, not “loan”|
|Tortilla||tawr-tee-uh, not tawr-tilla||Mishi – No idea what’s with these food words and their step-treatment towards the letter “L”, but it is to be ignored here too|
Happy Weekend, Friends!