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The Most Mispronounced Foods Like Tzatziki

Quinoa (Keen-Wah) & Other Hard to Pronounce Foods

We've all been there — waxing lyrical about the sugar-free, gluten-free muffins we baked on the weekend only to get to the word quinoa and second guess how to say it. With such an abundant variety of new and interesting grains, seeds, fruits, dishes and more; we think a list in order! To find out the phonetic style and therefore correct pronunciation of some tough foodie words, get clicking.

  • Quinoa = keen-wah
  • Açai berry = ah-sigh-ee
  • Espresso = eh-spress-oh
  • Pho = fur
  • Herb = erb
  • Goji = go-gee
  • Chia seeds = chee-ah
  • Cacao = cack-cow
  • Kombucha tea = com-boo-cha
  • Ginseng = gin-sing
  • Foie gras = fwah-grah
  • Gnocchi = nyoch-ee
  • Chipotle = chih-poht-lay
  • Nicoise = nee-swaahz
  • Quesadilla - key-sah-dee-ah
  • Haloumi = hal-oo-me
  • Tzatziki = zat-zee-key
  • Hors d'oeuvres = or-derve
  • Tagine = tah-zheen
  • Basil = bay-zihl
  • Hummus = hoom-us
  • Fillet = fih-lay


  • Merlot = mer-low
  • Moët = moh-ett
  • Pinot Noir = pee-noh nwahr
  • Sauvignon Blanc = saw-vee-nyon blahnk
  • Cabernet Sauvignon = cab-er-nay saw-vee-nyon

Can you think of any more?

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