Foods You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong (And How To Correctly Say Them)

March 4, 2016  |  
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It seems like every time you look up there’s a new superfood on the market or foodie ingredient that winds up in every meal. And while quinoa is healthy and delicious, it’s another story when you have to ask your local grocer where to find it on the shelf. And what about that wine you’ve loved for years, only to find out that you’ve been pronouncing it incorrectly all this time?

When it comes to exotic foods, spelling can be more than a little deceiving. So we’ve put together this pronunciation guide to get you through your next dinner party, trip to Whole Foods or visit to that new restaurant. So read on, and next time, you’ll be able to order that caprese salad with a glass of Chianti with confidence.

Did we miss any other foods that consistently trip everyone up? Let us know in the comment section and we’ll figure out these pronunciation mysteries together!

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Quinoa

It’s keen-wah, not “kee-no-ah.”

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Caprese

This delicious italian salad is pronounced “kah-prey-say.”

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Chianti

When you order this wine, it’s “key-ahn-tee.”

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Gyros

When it comes to these sandwiches, pronunciation depends on where you are. If you’re in Greece where gryos come from, it’s pronounced “yeer-os.” But in the U.S., many people call them “gy-ros” (think Ty as in Tyra but with an “oh” at the end).

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Salmon

It’s “sahm-un,” not “sal-mon.” The “l” is purely for decorative purposes.

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Bruschetta

Now that we know it’s “broo-sket-ah” we can finally order it off the menu!

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Hummus

If you want to be technically correct, it’s “home-us.” But outside of the Middle East, we hear most people say “hum-mus.”

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Espresso

It’s tempting to say “ex-press-o,” but it’s really “es-press-oh.”

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Anise

It looks like it should sound like “ahn-ees,” but it’s pronounced “ann-iss.”

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Bouillabaisse

“Bee-yah-bess.” It only looks hard to pronounce.

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Charcuterie

“Shahr-koo-tuh-ree” is almost as fun to say as it is to eat.

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Foie Gras

“Fwah Grah.” It’s very French.

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Gnocchi

It’s “nyohk-ee.”

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Phở

This delicious Vietnamese soup is pronounced “fuh.” And since everyone is eating it, we’re glad we can finally pronounce it.

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