What word gives you pronunciation-grief in your own native language?
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Are there any words that you can't seem to say in your <em>own language</em>, even though you are a native speaker? I was watching our local news last week and the news anchor couldn't say "obstetrics". It seemed like that was <em>her </em>troubling word.

What about a word that you habitually spell incorrectly, and can never seem to know how to spell it -- <em>ever</em>? I am talking about words in your <em>own </em>native language that you seem to always struggle with, and your auto correct is constantly busy!

For me, it took me well in to my adult years to figure out how to say <em>Australia</em>. It always came out as "Australala". It's as if my tongue just constantly tripped over it. For spelling, even today I can never get a grasp at how to spell <em>separate</em>. I always type: "seperate". Gets me all the time!

It will be interesting to also read about languages other than English to find out what words everyone trips over, no matter what their mother tongue is.
Jun 24, 2020 8:41 PM
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Mississippi without doubt. For me it was along the same lines as the little girl who famously said "I can spell <em>banana</em> but don't know when to stop".
July 22, 2020
I can't spell exercise, necessary, or society without looking them up. It's really embarrassing, really. I also get mixed up between there, their, they're and its and it's. English is so weird when it comes to spelling.
June 25, 2020
Architecture and sushi chef. After a few glasses of good red it's almost impossible.
June 25, 2020
There are many in my native language -Arabic- but there is one in particular that is used in everyday life and I don't seem to get it right even though it's not hard! It's the word <em>avocado</em>! ;)
It's also called avocado in Arabic, but I pronounce it either as (<em>afocado</em>) or (<em>avogado</em>)!!

Also the state's name (<em>Massachusetts</em>)! I have a lot of difficulty pronouncing that one!

June 25, 2020
I always misspell "college" because I want to write it like "knowledge."

Also, after 5 years, some of my Spanish spelling is seeping into my English writing.
I find myself dropping double letters that don't exist in Spanish.

Also @ Elaine - "embarrass" and "privilege" get me every time. And did you see the 30 Rock episode about the "Rural Juror"?
June 24, 2020
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