Practice English Speaking&Listening with: People Try To Pronounce The HARDEST Words From Around The World (India, UK, Philippines & MORE)

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- So, thank you guys for joining us today.

So, first of all, what country are you from?

- Brazil. Thanks for having me. - I'm from Scotland.

- I'm from England. - I'm from India.

- I'm from the Philippines. - Australia.

- We actually asked our viewers to audition to be on the show,

and we're excited to have people from six different countries

for this language-themed episode that we're doing today.

So, we are having a lot of fun doing this with our fans

from all over. And to those watching,

if you wanna find out about auditions, subscribe to our newsletter.

The links to that will be below. So, for this episode,

you guys are going to try and pronounce the hardest words

from the other person's country. - Oh. (laughs)

- That's gonna be bad. - (FBE) For round one,

Megan, the first Hindi word will be here on the screen,

and we're gonna see if you can pronounce this.

Starting off easy. - Okay.


'Ack-cha'? - (chuckles) Sorry.

- No? (laughs) - Oh, I don't even know

where to begin with that. It seems like it would make

an 's' type of sound. Or maybe like a 'th'

like 'kah-bess-uh, dup'? - 'Soos-mar-yo-sep' maybe?

- I think you did okay. Yeah. Nice. - Yeah?

- Yeah. - I would say it's pretty fair.

It's not that bad. I could get what she was trying to say.

- The beginning of the word is okay. Only the last part is a little wrong.

'Ka-bess-ah-doo-rah'. - Oh, wow.

- 'Kah-bess-ah,' okay. 'Doo-rah.' Strong.

- It's like an expression. 'Sus' is like Jesus.

And then 'Mari,' Mary, Joseph.

Like, if you're angry or something, you just say that,

I guess. (laughs) I feel like more of the older people say it.

- Cabeça-dura is a person who is very hard to--

let me say you have an idea. I say, "Let's go to the that place.

It's the right place." You say, "No, it's that one,"

and you keep doing, you know, "It's that one."

Everyone know this one is the right. You are a cabeça-dura.

- So, actually, it's-- okay, so the word itself means good,

but it can have a lot of meanings. Like, for example, if, you know,

I explain something, and you go, "Oh, okay, cool."

So, in India, you can just go, (speaks Hindi),

like "achcha," so it's just a very blanket term

for good or okay or understood, stuff like that.

- (FBE) Marielli, it's gonna be your turn.

So, here is the Australian slang word that we have for you.

- 'Ah-kah-dah-kah'? Or is it like--

do you say like, 'ch,' like 'ah-cha-dah-cha'

or something? (laughs) - 'Gly-kit'.

'Gly-kit.' 'Glah-kit.' (laughs)

- Is it 'nak-erd'? 'Nak-erd,' right?

- Yup. (laughs) - I'm not totally sure

I even know what this word is. I don't think I know this word.

- It's apparently an adjective used to describe a stupid,

foolish, thoughtless person or an action.

- I've never heard that. Looking at it,

I would maybe say 'glay-kit.' - 'Ah-kah-dah-kah.'

- Yeah. - What is that?

- You know AC/DC? Band? - Oh. Yeah.

- Yeah. It's that. - Why?

- I think. - (laughs) You make it longer.

- Why not? - So, it just means like

you're basically just really tired. Like, you're just so tired,

you're knackered. (chuckles) - I used to watch

the Graham Norton show quite a lot when I was younger.

Other than that, the English in India is pretty--

pronunciation is more borderline, I would say, British than American.

So, I guess that's why it kind of helps.

Plus, a lot of us here in India grew up reading Harry Potter

and stuff, so we're kind of familiar with these words.

- (FBE) For round two, these are words that you feel

are the hardest words to pronounce in your country,

which you sent us earlier. So, we're gonna put them to the test.

So, Anna, this is the word that Dieggo chose as his country's

hardest word. So, let's give it a go.

- (laughs) - (chuckles) There is no way

I can say that. - Oh, okay.

- Oof. - Holy...

- (laughs) - 'Naka-kap-bag'-- I don't know.

'Naka-kap-bag-bag-aga-baguette'? I don't know.

- (laughs) - That was pretty poor.

- Oh, god. I wanna say it. Like 'Prath-mop-pa-char.'

- I don't mean to be mean, but not that good. (laughs)

- No, I didn't feel like I did that good.

- (laughs)

- Totally-- I've lost it. No. 'Oh-torring-no-laring-gol-oh-gee-sta.'

- Yeah. She did pretty good actually.

It's 'oh-to-hee-no- la-ringo-lo-jee-sta.'

(laughs) - Wow.

- It's a doctor who see the ear issues.

- 'Na-kaka-pag-pa-bag-abag.'' Oh my gosh. I had to--

I had to practice this. Honestly, I don't remember

what it means. Oh my gosh. I'm such a bad Filipino. (chuckles)

'Na-kaka-pag-pa-bag-abag.' - So, from what I'm aware of,

it goes 'pra-ta-mop-char,' which basically means first aid.

But it's not a very common word, and a lot of Indians

have trouble pronouncing it. And I think a lot of Indians

don't even know what the word even was.

- I follow the-- 'donner'? 'Downer'?

'Downer' or 'donner'? (chuckles) - Wow. Okay.

It's some sort of phobia. Okay.

- 'Hippo-poto-monstrous- kwik-allee-oh-pho-bee-ah'?

- Onomatopoeia. (chuckles) - Yeah.

- It's the-- oh my gosh. Hmm. I don't know the--

it's what we studied in English class.

- It's 'donner.' - 'Donner'!

(claps) Woo-hoo! - It means to go for a stroll

or a walk. - Yeah, I think she did--

I don't think even I could say that to be fair. (laughs)

- The only thing that I can get is that it's some sort of phobia,

but that's kind of it. I'm really not sure.

- I think it's the phobia of really long words. Is that's right?

- Wow. Okay. - (FBE) You're correct.

So, time for our last round. So we went to Google,

and we searched for the hardest words in each of your countries.

And each of you will take a shot at your own country's word.

We're not language experts, so we're gonna let Google Translate

do the pronunciation for us. - Yeah. Let's go for it.

- 'Awk-tah-muk-tee'? I don't think I've seen that.

- It's a town in Scotland. - Oh.

- Yeah, I thought it would be. It's one of those words

that I look at and I really struggle with.

(chuckles) I just really struggle. 'Wuss-ter-shir.'

I think that's how you say it. (chuckles)

- 'Kur-nul.'

- (FBE) You got that correct. - Yeah, that's easy.

- Like Colonel Sanders. - Not really. It's just--

You just sort of... - Like when you get KFC.

- I think it's all the words together. You've got the C,

and then you've got that 'er' before the 'shire.'

I really struggle. It's almost like a little tongue twister to me.

I find it easier actually looking at the word.

If I'm trying to think about saying it without seeing it,

I struggle to say it. (chuckles) - Oh my gosh.

I saw this! I saw this. - 'Pina-ka'--

'pina-ka-naka-pag-papa-gah-bag.' (speaking gibberish)

Again, again, again. 'Pina-ka-naka-pag-papa-bag-ah-bag,

dum-dah-min.' (chuckles) - 'Pin-ah-kun-kapa-pag-bag-un,

dum-dah-min.' - (laughs)

- I know what it is, but I don't know how

to pronounce it. (chuckles) 'Pee-neel-muh-ootra-

mee-kro-sko-pee-oh-soo- loo-hoo-kun-yon-tee-ko.'

(laughs) - 'Noo-mo-ultra-microscopic'...

The end, I don't really know. (chuckles)

- Oh, okay. I think it goes 'kin-kar-tav-yuh-vee-moo.'

I think that's the pronunciation. - I'm not even gonna try. (laughs)

Honest, I would not succeed in that. - It's just the 'nakakapagpapabagab'

but with feelings. Or am I wrong? (laughs) I don't know.

- So, here's how Google Translate says that it's pronounced.

So, let's give it a listen.

- (computer) 'Pina-ka-na-kapag- papa-bagabag-dam-damin.'

- I feel like even she had a hard time saying that. (laughs)

- (computer) 'Kin-kar-ta-vya-vee-moo.' - I would say I was close enough.

Maybe not the way my grandmother would have liked it,

but close enough. - It's strange how everyone

is so different with words. You look at it,

and you think it sounds one way, and it's completely not what you

expect it to be. (chuckles) - Even if I speak Filipino

and stuff, I have a hard time saying a lot of the words.

I even forgot the meaning of the word I gave.

Like, my gosh. - Being from India,

I've always been-- I've come across quite a lot

of languages, because India itself has like 22 official languages,

English included. And I grew up trying to learn

a lot of these languages. It's always really intrigued me

how different certain languages sound to the ear,

but a lot of the times have the same meanings.

- Before we let you guys go, based on this experience,

do you guys have any advice for maybe somebody looking

at different languages as barriers rather than bridges?

- I don't know. I've never like-- if you're planning on going

to different countries, then research it,

try and learn stuff before you go.

Look into it more. - Some people think, like,

"Oh, my language is more superior" or something, and I think

with this experience and how-- if you travel around the world,

you realize that there's so many really beautiful languages.

- See, it's very tough when you start,

but once you come across, you know, content in that language,

and you try to read stuff, converse in that language,

you realize that it's a pretty great thing,

because you've come across this entire new culture

and ideas and thoughts. - You just appreciate a lot more,

like, the culture of other people and yeah, how they express themselves.

- Thanks for letting me represent Australia on FBE.

- Which of these hardest words were your favorite to learn?

Let us know in the comments. - Thanks for watching. Paalam!

- Hey, everyone. Lauren, producer here at FBE.

Thank you guys so much for watching this international episode.

What other countries should we try this with next?

Let us know in the comments and maybe we'll do it next time.

Bye, everyone!

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