Sometimes it's hard enough to decide what or where you want to eat for dinner, but have you ever changed your order because you couldn't pronounce what you really want? If so you're not alone!
When it comes to eating out and cooking at home, people are much more adventurous these days. Supermarkets have broadened their offerings and recipe books are therefore able to recommend more exotic spices and ingredients.
Yet despite our willingness to eat more adventurous foods, our pronunciation of them is holding us back.
According to a poll of 2,000 adults, one in five have been served something completely different to what they wanted because they ordered it incorrectly!
A third of those polled admitted that they have struggled to finish their food order because they cannot pronounce what they want.
The poll was commissioned by French bakery brand Brioche Pasquier. Speaking about the results a spokesperson said: ‘Not being 100 per cent sure how to pronounce a word can put people in a tricky situation. It’s especially difficult if you’re in a restaurant or somewhere that you can’t get away with saying it wrong. Our results found people are twice as likely to have a go at pronouncing an unfamiliar food word as admit they don’t know how to pronounce it.’
They added: ‘This can lead to further embarrassment as people get more exciting and unusual words wrong, so it’s probably best to just try and laugh it off.’
So if you’ve ever thought ‘how to pronounce quinoa’, know that you’re not alone as a quarter of those polled said they had struggled when faced with it on a menu.
Read the list below with the phonetic pronunciation next to it and then you can take pleasure in knowing the right way to say things like camembert, chorizo and fajitas!