Foods You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong (And How To Correctly Say Them)
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!
It’s keen-wah, not “kee-no-ah.”
This delicious italian salad is pronounced “kah-prey-say.”
When you order this wine, it’s “key-ahn-tee.”
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).
It’s “sahm-un,” not “sal-mon.” The “l” is purely for decorative purposes.
Now that we know it’s “broo-sket-ah” we can finally order it off the menu!
If you want to be technically correct, it’s “home-us.” But outside of the Middle East, we hear most people say “hum-mus.”
It’s tempting to say “ex-press-o,” but it’s really “es-press-oh.”
It looks like it should sound like “ahn-ees,” but it’s pronounced “ann-iss.”
“Bee-yah-bess.” It only looks hard to pronounce.
“Shahr-koo-tuh-ree” is almost as fun to say as it is to eat.
“Fwah Grah.” It’s very French.
This delicious Vietnamese soup is pronounced “fuh.” And since everyone is eating it, we’re glad we can finally pronounce it.