What are some traditional Yorkshire foods

Six food names that are difficult to pronounce in English

One of the most common problems for someone learning English is correctly pronouncing words. Who doesn't find it difficult to make noises with their tongue between their teeth? And what about the words that are pronounced differently than they are spelled? Not even an English speaker can tell you why Greenwich has such a strange pronunciation, they just know that it is pronounced "Greenich". Even when it comes to food, there are some names for traditional dishes that will test even the most fluent of speakers.

It is really important to pronounce the name of food correctly so as not to end up with a completely different dish than what you wanted to order. With this in mind, we've decided to give you a few examples of food names that could be problematic for you.

In the supermarket

It is true that in a supermarket you can usually go to the right area without any problems and just take what interests you. But have you ever looked desperately for a certain product abroad while other people just didn't understand what you wanted? Maybe you were looking for artichokes and followed the employee to the diaper department. This can be really frustrating! Here are some of the difficult words to pronounce.

/ sɪˈrɑːtʃə /
It is a very flavorful Thai sauce that is very common in the UK. Usually you would pronounce both the "s" and the "r". But for a Thai, the correct pronunciation would be si-ROTSCH-ah. Even English-speaking people can hardly cope with the correct pronunciation. If you want to give it a try, it's best to forget about the phonetic subtleties and just pronounce it the English way. The "r" is imperceptible and the "cha" is read "tscha". It's a great sauce that goes well with pasta and seafood.

/ ˈWʊstərʃər /
This traditional sauce takes its name from the English region where it originated at the end of the 8th century. It is a herbal condiment that is essential in some traditional English dishes. It goes well with salads or meat dishes.

artichoke (Artichokes)
/ ˈⱭː (r) tɪˌtʃəʊk /
This is an important vegetable in Mediterranean cuisine. It's not really common in the UK and US. But, if you're one of those people who can't live without them, you'd better be fluent in pronunciation. After all, it's a tasty and healthy vegetable. In order to pronounce it correctly, one has to pay attention to the "r", which is hardly pronounced in English.

aubergine - UK (Eggplant - US)
/ ˈƏʊbəʒiːn
If you feel like making a lovely Italian eggplant parmigiana, then you have to learn to pronounce this word correctly. As the phonetic transcription shows, the "au" "o" is pronounced and the "r" is again barely perceptible. The "i" is actually read as an "i" while the last "e" is not pronounced.

A small but useful phrasebook

Please, could you tell me where I can find Worchester sauce?
(Please, can you tell me where to find Worchester sauce?)

How much are the artichokes?
(What do the artichokes cost?)

Could you tell me where the fruit section is, please?
(Can you please tell me where the fruit department is?)

In a restaurant

And in a restaurant? Have you ever thought about going to a typical English restaurant to try a local dish? If so, know that, despite what many might think, English cuisine is very rich, especially when it comes to the meat dishes and pastries. Some of the names are real tongue twisters and some may wonder how they managed to come up with such original names. Would you like to hear a few of them? Here is a list.

/ ˌTəʊd ɪn ðə ˈhəʊl /
This name may seem like a cartoon, but it is actually the name of a traditional English dish made from sausage, Yorkshire pudding, and onion. It's really delicious and a representative of authentic British cuisine. One dish with a similar name and ingredients is a toad wrapped in bacon in a hole filled with leeks. Enojy your meal!

Bubble and Squeak
/ ˌBʌbl ən ˈskwiːk /
This is a vegetable omelette that is traditionally made with the remains of the roast from the previous day. It was a very common dish during World War II when food was considered very valuable. It's called this because of the cabbage sound it makes when frying.

A small but useful phrasebook

Could you suggest a typical dish for me?
(Could you suggest a typical dish for me?)

I would like to have the bubble and squeak.
(I would like the Bubble and Squeak.)

Could you bring me the bill, please?
(Could you bring me the bill please?)

Could I please have some salt?
(Could I have some salt, please?)

What would you suggest for dessert?
(What would you suggest for dessert?)

This is just a taste of English cuisine. If you are planning a culinary trip to the UK, you should prepare well. Above all, it is important to speak English well. That is why ABA English offers its natural way to learn English easily. What are you waiting for? Learn how to communicate in English in any restaurant in the world today!