It’s Not A Tongue Twister: 15 Common Food Names You’ve Been Pronouncing Incorrectly!

Kavya VashishtKavya Vashisht  |  Apr 24, 2019
It’s Not A Tongue Twister: 15 Common Food Names You’ve Been Pronouncing Incorrectly!


We often mispronounce brands. Well, because let’s face it, proper nouns can be tricky! But when it comes to food, we don’t want to make the same mistakes. You ask why? Only ‘coz food is the most quintessential part of our lives! However, even the self-proclaimed foodies sometimes get tongue-tied when it comes to pronouncing the names of certain foods.

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It has happened to all of us at least once: you’re sitting at a nice restaurant and know exactly what you want, but you’re nervously waiting to tell the server your order because you have no idea how to pronounce the name of the dish. When they finally get to you, you nervously point to the option to avoid mispronunciation. But hey! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Food names come from all over the world, and some can be really tricky to say if you aren’t familiar with that particular language. It happens to the best of us! There are some food names that mostly everyone is pronouncing all wrong. Don’t worry! Help is on the way.

The next time you want to order a fancy dish or just talk food, you won’t have to resort to pointing. Here is a list of the 15 most commonly mispronounced words and the way you should actually be saying them.

1. Aglio Olio

1 food names we mispronounce aglio olio

You Probably Say: Ag-lio O-lio

Correct Pronunciation: Ah-li-oh Oh-li-oh

2. Raspberry

2 food names we mispronounce raspberry

You Probably Say: Rasp-berry

Correct Pronunciation: Raz-ber-ee

3. Nutella

3 food names we mispronounce nutella

You Probably Say: Nut-ela

Correct Pronunciation: New-tell-a

Also Read: 23 Surprising Reasons Why Nutella Is Better Than a Man!

4. Tortillas

4 food names we mispronounce tortillas

You Probably Say: Tor-tee-lass

Correct Pronunciation: Tohr-tee-yahs

5. Espresso

5 food names we mispronounce espresso

You probably say: Ex-press-oh
Correct Pronunciation: Ess-press-oh

6. Quinoa

6 food names we mispronounce quinoa

You Probably Say: Kee-noah

Correct Pronunciation: Keen-wah

7. Herb

7 food names we mispronounce herb

You Probably Say: H-rb

Correct Pronunciation: Erb

8. Cocoa

8 food names we mispronounce cocoa

You Probably Say: Koh-koh-wa

Correct Pronunciation: Koh-koh

9. Fajita

9 food names we mispronounce fajita

You Probably Say: Fuh-jee-taah

Correct Pronunciation: Fuh-hee-tuh

10. Hummus

10 food names we mispronounce hummus

You Probably Say: Hum-us

Correct Pronunciation: Hoom-us

11. Jalapeño

11 food names we mispronounce jalapeno

You Probably Say: Ja-la-peh-noh

Correct Pronunciation: Hah-lah-peh-nyoh

12. Salmon

12 food names we mispronounce salmon

You Probably Say: Sal-mon

Correct Pronunciation: Sam-uhn

13. Bruschetta

13 food names we mispronounce bruschetta

You Probably Say: Broo-shet-ah

Correct Pronunciation: Broo-sket-ah

14. Croissant

14 food names we mispronounce croissant

You Probably Say: Krau-sent

Correct Pronunciation: Kwuh-saunh

15. Ferrero Rocher

15 Food names we mispronounce FerreroRocher

You Probably Say: Ferrero-ro-shar

Correct Pronunciation: Furrero-ro-shey

TBH, I don’t really care how you choose to pronounce these words. As long as people you’re ordering the food from understand you, who am I to judge? Don’t let the haters stop you from doin’ your thang! Anyhoo, to all the foodies who’ve always wished to avoid gastronomic faux-pas, we hope it’s super easy now. It’s time to go and show off your new-found culinary knowledge.

Also Read: 10 Everyday English Words You Might Be Mispronouncing!

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