9 Food Names You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong This Whole Time

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When it comes to boasting your knowledge of food, mispronouncing the name of your favourite dish is probably the biggest embarrassment you could face. Here’s a handy list for your reference so that you’ll never get them wrong again.


1) Tortilla

The word tortilla, which in Spanish means “small torta”, or “small cake”.

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Pronounced as [tawr-tee-yah]

2) Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon is French for “tender fillet” or “dainty fillet”.

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Pronounced as [fee-le mee-nyawn]

3) Sorbet

Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavouring (typically fruit juice or fruit purée, wine, and/or liqueur, and very rarely honey). Sorbet is often confused with Italian ice cream and often taken to be the same as sherbet.

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Pronounced as [sawr-be]

4) Escargot

Escargot is French for snails. It is usually served as starter.

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Pronounced as [es-kahr-goh]

5) Acai berries

Acai berries, is a type of fruit also known as Acai Palm.

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Pronounced as [ah-sah-ee]

6) Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an Italian starter dish consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.

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Pronounced as [broo-sket-tah]

7) Cognac

Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy.

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Pronounced as [kaw-nyak]

8) Paella

Paella is a rice dish originated from Spain.

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Pronounced as [pah-e-lyah]

9) Foie Gras

Foie Gras is French for fat liver. It is a luxury food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened.

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Pronounced as [fwah grah]