11 International Foods You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong
Because even the waiter was embarrassed
Usually, you’ve got this whole “cultured” thing down. But then you’re looking at the menu at your favorite Greek restaurant and you know it’s pronounced “yee-ro” and you panic and accidentally say “jy-row.” Ugh. Here’s how to correctly pronounce 11 international foods. Your waiter will be so impressed.
The wrong way: Guh-nock-chee
The right way: Nyoh-key
The more you “gno...”
The wrong way: Sree-rah-chuh
The right way: See-rah-cha
Remember: The first “R” is silent.
The wrong way: Jy-row
The right way: Yee-roh
If you pronounce this Greek wrap correctly, you’ll go from zero to hero.
The wrong way: Foh
The right way: Fuh
This Vietnamese noodle soup is absolutely Pho-nomenal. (Sorry. Had to.)
The wrong way: Pro-skoo-toe
The right way: Pruh-shoo-toe
As in, “Can I have my sandwich with extra pruh-shoo-toe, please?”
The wrong way: Seh-veech
The right way: Sey-vee-chay
When you get a bite of this tasty Spanish dish made with raw fish and citrus juice, you’ll be happy you knew how the heck to say it.
The wrong way: Polk
The right way: Poh-kay
OK, poke. You win.
The wrong way: Nee-kwa
The right way: Nee-swahz
For once, you actually pronounce the “S.”
The wrong way: Sah-kee
The right way: Sah-kay
Juuust in case you drink too much of this tasty Japanese rice wine and forget how to say it.
The wrong way: Flayn
The right way: Flahn
The flan is always gone…because we ate it all. Oops.
The wrong way: Tih-ka May-sahl-uh
The right way: Tee-kuh Ma-sahl-uh
It seems straightforward, but lots of people get this one wrong. (Not you, though.)