With nine letter and four syllables, the tongue-twisting 'phenomenon' has been named as the most mispronounced word in the English language.
“phenomenon” 这一单词有9个字母4个音节,发音十分拗口,也被名副其实地评为英语中最容易发错音的单词。
The word came first in a study of terms that are tricky to get your tongue around, with most people mixing up the letters M and N on a regular basis.
这个单词来自于一个关于术语的研究。“phenomenon” 比较拗口,大部分人在读的时候经常混淆M和N的音。
'Anaesthetist' came second because of quickly moving between the TH to the letters T at the end. In third place was 'remuneration', which is often mispronounced as 'renumeration'.
“anaesthetist”(麻醉师)一词在最容易发错音的单词榜单中名列第二,其发音难度在于Th和词末T音素之间的快速转换。第三难读的是“remuneration”(报酬)一词,经常被人们错读为“renumeration”。
With the numbers of Ts and Ss in the word, the fourth most difficult to pronounce was 'statistics' and 'ethnicity' was in fifth place.
由于拼写中包含众多的T和S,“statistics”和“ethnicity”分别是第四和第五难读的单词。
Almost half of the 3,000 people surveyed admitted they often correct someone if they say something in the wrong way and a quarter of people said they thought mispronunciation showed a lack of intelligence.
在3000名接受调查的人中,有一半承认自己在听到别人发音错误的时候都会纠正他们,四分之一的人认为发音错误是智力欠缺的表现。
But suprisingly in the list of admissions, Britons admitted that February was the 12th hardest word to spit out.
但令人吃惊的是,在排名列表中英国人认为February这一单词在这张榜单中排名第十二。
A spokesman for Spinvox, a voicemail to text message service, which carried out the research, said: "Many words are difficult to say and when we struggle to pronounce a word correctly it makes us self-conscious about the way we speak.
语音转文字短信服务公司Spinvox发起了此项研究,该公司发言人说:“许多单词都很难发音,当我们努力发出单词的正确读音时会自我意识到自己发音的方式。”
"A word one person finds easy to say, maybe difficult for the next person. Although it's worrying that some people find basic words such as February difficult to say."
“某一个人感觉易读的单词,可能对另一个人来说就很难发音。然而人们觉得像February这样最基础的单词难读,这一点十分堪忧。”
More than a third of people even say they avoid using words they know they struggle with altogether so they do not end up looking stupid.
超过三分之一的受访者表示,为了不让自己看起来特别傻,他们会避免使用自己读不清楚的单词。
Top 20 mispronounced words:
20个最难读的英文单词:
1. phenomenon  (fi-nom-uh-non)                 [fɪ'nɒmɪnən]n. 现象 2. anaesthetist  (uh-nes-thi-tist)                  [ə'nisθətɪst] n. 麻醉师 3. remuneration  (ri-myoo - nuh-reyshun)     [rɪ,mjuːnə'reɪʃ(ə)n]n. 报酬 4. statistics  (stuh-tis-tiks)                           [stə'tɪstɪks] n. 统计 5. ethnicity  (eth-nis-i-tee)                            [eθ'nɪsɪtɪ]n. 种族划分 6. philosophical  (fil-uh-sof-i-kuhl)                  [fɪlə'sɒfɪk(ə)l]adj. 哲学的 7. provocatively  (pruh-vok-uh-tiv)                 [prəu'vɔkətivlɪ]adv.煽动地 8. anonymous  (uh-non-uh-muhs)                 [ə'nɒnɪməs]adj. 匿名的 9. thesaurus  (thi-sawr-uhs)                          [θɪ'sɔːrəs]n. 宝库;辞典 10. aluminium  (al-yuh-min-ee-uhm)               [æl(j)ʊ'mɪnɪəm]adj. 铝的 11. regularly  (reg-yuh-ler-lee)                        ['rɛɡjəlɚli]adv. 定期地 12. February  (feb-roo-er-ee)                          ['febrʊərɪ]n. 二月 13. particularly  (per-tik-yuh-ler-lee)                [pə'tɪkjʊləlɪ]adv. 特别地 14. hereditary  (huh-red-i-ter-ee)                   [hɪ'redɪt(ə)rɪ]adj. 遗传的 15. prioritising  (prah-awr-i-tahyz-ing)             [praɪ'ɒrɪtaɪzɪŋ]v. 优先处理 16. pronunciation  (pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn)  [prə,nʌnsɪ'eɪʃ(ə)n]n. 发音 17. prejudice  (prej-uh-dis)                             ['predʒʊdɪs]n. 偏见 18. facilitate  (fuh-sil-i-teyt)                             [fə'sɪlɪteɪt]v. 促进 19. hospitable  (hos-pi-tuh-buhl)                     [hɒ'spɪtəb(ə)l]adj. 热情友好的 20. onomatopoeia  (on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh)      [ɒnə(ʊ)mætə'piːə]n. 拟声