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What language is difficult to pronounce?

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MCK74
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 Message 9 of 25
27 January 2016 at 5:53pm | IP Logged 
There are words that are difficult to pronounce in other languages even if the language's
phonology may not be that difficult.

For example, I've had problems saying "desafortunadamente" in Spanish and "primierement"
in French, even though I don't think Spanish or French is very difficult to pronounce
well enough for native speakers to understand.

And of course there is how well you can pronounce it, such as sounding like a beginner or
having a convincing native accent.

Edited by MCK74 on 27 January 2016 at 5:54pm

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03 February 2016 at 11:52am | IP Logged 
French is hard to pronounce :)
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Obogrew
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07 February 2016 at 10:46am | IP Logged 
I think Adyghe language will be impossible to pronounce for 99% of world population

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=er63W_LoePs

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Monox D. I-Fly
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 Message 12 of 25
07 February 2016 at 11:06am | IP Logged 
Arabic, it really tortures our throat.
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cathrynm
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 Message 13 of 25
08 February 2016 at 4:22pm | IP Logged 
Chinese seems massively confusing. I asked a Chinese guys at work, how do we pronounce your name, and none of the English speakers could get it right.   And, I know they hate hearing us butcher their names, so they make up random American names to use instead, but that's not right.
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luke
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10 February 2016 at 11:05am | IP Logged 
A graphic of phonological distance would be helpful.

Although not the same thing, here is a graphic of lexical distance.

Here is a table of Automated Similarity Judgment Program (ASJP) distance.
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Derian
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 Message 15 of 25
11 February 2017 at 4:52pm | IP Logged 
jeff_fontaine wrote:

So, the question: "What language is difficult to pronounce?", should be reformulated to be "What language is difficult to pronounce for people who only speak American English?" for example.

Nah, we can formulate a general question: What kind of differences between one's native and the target language make it difficult to master the pronunciation of the target language?
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reineke
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 Message 16 of 25
11 February 2017 at 6:19pm | IP Logged 
Difficulty of perception and articulation,
differences in syllable formation, stress etc.
Generally speaking, "differences". Learners with a
rich sound inventory may have an initial advantage.
Such learners may however introduce in their
pronunciation characteristics that don't exist in
the target language. Other learners can bridge this
initial gap.Desafortunadamente doesn't sound too
difficult to me because I have been exposed to
"sfortunatamente" and "malheureusement".

Edited by reineke on 11 February 2017 at 6:20pm



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