Every year something different catches our attention – but we don't always know how to say it correctly. (Remember when we teach how to pronounce "Beto O 'Rourke"last year? And how to sound" Namibia " the year before that?)
That's right! You are not alone. There are words that most Americans avoid saying out loud – and the Babbel language learning app tracked them down with the help of members of the U.S. Captioning Company (and yes, of course "Buttigieg" was included).
"Babbel annually asks these legionaries to submit and vote on what words, names, and phrases they most often witnessed being mispronounced by US broadcasters, television personalities, etc.," said Ted Mentele, English editor of Babbel Didactics. CNN
The words come from a broad spectrum of subjects that have been at the center of national conversations, Mentele said, including politics, entertainment and sports.
"Our list entries are still making headlines today – Megan Rapinoe was named Sportsperson of the Year Sports Illustrated yesterday; and just this morning, Greta Thunberg was named Time's person of the year for 2019," he said.
(And admit, you probably had as many problems as we figured out how to say both names.)
But why bother tracking which words had our tongues in a knot?
"With the rise of globalization and the Internet, as well as the richness of different cultures that make up America today, Americans are coming into contact with concepts and names more unknown than ever," said Mentele.
He says he hopes the annual lists will guide Americans struggling with unfamiliar sounds.
So here are the words that most of us have missed this year and – finally – the right way to say them:
Chernobyl (pronounced chair-nOHble): the location of worst nuclear disaster in the world, where thousands lost their lives in 1986. One HBO series in five parts with this title displayed from May to June.
Stop (pronounced dee-tUHR): Discourage something by instilling fear. The news was released in May when US President Donald Trump talked about "resistance" to prevent migration to the USSays Babbel.
Greta Thunberg (pronounced grAY-tah tOOn-bairk): The teenage activist sailed the Atlantic during the summer on a zero-emission yacht to speak at a UN climate change conference. She said on the subject in dozens of countries and recently sparked climate strikes in schools around the world.
A note from Mentele: "The ending" g "in" Thunberg "is typically softened by Swedish speakers in something like" yeh "in English: & # 39; tOOn -bairyeh & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Megan Rapinoe (pronounced ruh-PEE-noh): the soccer player led the US national soccer team to a World Cup victory in July, taking home the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.
Notre Dame (pronounced nOH-truh dAHm): O iconic cathedral in Paris which partially burned in April.
A note from Mentele: "the" in "Notre" is hinged near the back of the mouth and is almost silent.
Pete Buttigieg (pronounced pEET bUt-ij-ij): Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Democratic Presidential Hope.
A note from Mentele: "The & # 39; u & # 39; in" Buttigieg "should be pronounced as the vowel in & # 39; book, and the following & # 39; i & # 39 ; vowels as in & # 39; bit & # 39; ".
Rami Malek (pronounced rAH-mee MA-lik): Actor of Arab descent won "Best Actor" at the Oscars for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody". He will play the villain in next James Bond movie.
A note from Mentele: "The actor himself pronounces the vowel in & # 39; Malek & # 39; as the & # 39; a & # 39; on & # 39;" stick.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of Turkey since 2014. In October, he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and announced an agreement on Syria in which Turkish and Russian groups will patrol the Turkish-Syrian border. This came days after Turkey launched a military offensive in northeastern Syria following Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from the area – an action that was heavily criticized by Democrats and Republicans, as well as other world leaders.
Tekashi 6ix9ine (pronounced te-kAH-shee siks naYn): one American rapper pleaded guilty to extortion counts, firearm crimes and drug trafficking in February.
Tokimeku (pronounced toh-kee-mE-koo): Japanese word translated "vibrate". The word came to American culture through the organization of guru Marie Kondo – it describes the pure joy of … pure.