How To Pronounce Tricky Food Names

Did you know Nutella isn't pronounced Nah-tell-uh? Use our guide to save yourself from any future embarrassment

By Sa'idah Jaffar | July 4, 2017

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They may be common foods but can be tricky to pronounce. And you’ve probably been mispronouncing some of them for most of your life – blame the spelling. But with our guide, you’ll not be making any further food faux pax.

1. Açai (“ah-sigh-ee”)

2. Agave (“ah-GAH-vee”; “ah-GAH-vay”)

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Drop the “g” sound the next time you order this Italian dish.


3. Aglio e olio (“AH-lyoh ay AW-lyoh”)

4. Aïoli (“ay-OH-lee”; “i-OH-lee”)

5. Anise (“AN-ihss”)

6. Arancini (“are-ahn-chee-nee”)

7. Au jus (“oh-ZHOO”)

8. Boeuf Bourguinon (“BEUF boor-gee-NYON”)

9. Bouillabaisse (“BOOL-yuh-BAYZ”; “BOOL-yuh-BEHZ”)

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Another commonly mispronounced word, bruschetta is an Italian grilled bread starter.


10. Bruschetta (“broo-SKEH-tah”)

11. Charcuterie (“shahr-KOO-tuhr-ee”; “shar-koo-tuhr-EE”)

12. Ciabatta (“cha-bada”)

13. Coq au Vin (“kohk-oh-VAHN”; “kohk-oh-VAHN”)

14. Croissant (“kwah-SAHN”; “KWAH-sawn”; “kruh-SAHNT”)

Photo: Marissa’s Italian Kitchen

An Italian favourite, gnocchi are soft dough dumplings made with flour, potato and eggs.


15. Gnocchi (“NYOH-kee”; “NOH-kee”)

16. Gyro (“YEE-roh”)

17. Hummus (“HOOM-uhs”)

18. Jicama (“HEE-kah-mah”)

19. Mascarpone (“mas-kar-POH-nay”; “mas-kahr-POH-nay”)

20. Nutella (“new-tell-uh”)

21. Parfait (“pahr-FAY”)

22. Pho (“fuh”)

23. Prosciutto (“pro-shoot-oh”)

Photo: Skinny Ms.

High in protein and fibre, and gluten-free, quinoa has been hailed a superfood.


24. Quinoa (“KEEN-wah”)

25. Worcestershire (“WOOS-tuhr-shuhr”; WOOS-tuhr-sheer”)


Text: Bauer/The Australian Women’s Weekly

This article first featured on The Singapore’s Women’s Weekly website.


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