Here are several food words that lots of people tend to get wrong and have no idea:

BRUSCHETTA [brusˈketta] Incorrect: Broo-SHET-tuh. Correct: Broo-SKET-tuh.

"This bruschetta is very tasty."

The name for chopped fresh tomatoes with garlic, basil, olive oil, and vinegar, served on toasted slices of bread comes from the Roman dialect verb 'bruscare', which means 'to toast', or 'to roast over coals'. In English-speaking countries, it's sometimes anglicized as [bruːˈʃɛtə]. In the US, the term is sometimes used to refer to a prepared topping, sold in jars and usually tomato-based, instead of the bread, a sense which is unknown in Italian.

ESPRESSO [ɛˈsprɛsoʊ] Incorrect: Ex-PRES-oh. Correct: Es-PRES-oh.

"I'll take an espresso." 

Any coffee lover worth their beans has had this argument. Technically, the pronunciation with 's' is correct; it's faithful to the original Italian 'caffè espresso', which means 'pressed out coffee'. However, the pronunciation and spelling 'expresso' has grown greatly in popularity, probably due to the influence of 'express', as espresso is brewed by expressing or forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.

SHERBET [ˈʃəːrbət] Incorrect: SHER-bert. Correct: SHER-bit.

"Raspberry sherbet for me please!" 

If you take a close look at the word for this scrumptious treat – either a dessert of frozen fruit juice in the US or a flavored, effervescent powder in the UK – you may realize, with a sinking feeling, that there is no ‘r’ in the second syllable. In fact, the tendency to add the ‘r’ into the pronunciation has crept into the spelling. According to the OEC, around a quarter of the citations reflect this misspelling. Even when it's spelled "sherbet", a common pronunciation changes this to "sherbert". 

SRIRACHA [sɪˈrɑːtʃə] Incorrect: Sree-RAH-cha. Correct: See-RAH-cha.

"Sriracha makes everything better."

A type of hot Thai sauce made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. Its origin and history is debated. A common version is that the sauce originated in the town of Sri Racha, Thailand in the early 1930s.

QUINOA [ˈkiːnwɑː]. Incorrect: KEE-noah, KWIN-noah or KWIN-wah. Correct: KEEN-wah.

"I had quinoa and roast vegetables for dinner."

It's not that there is a single alternative pronunciation that everyone is mistakenly using; it's simply that no one seems to be entirely sure of how to pronounce the thing that is appearing in health-conscious salads everywhere. You can credit it to the word's origin; from the SAm Spanish term 'quinua', and ultimately from the Quechua 'kínuwa' or 'kinwa'.

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Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning English.

The English language has some sounds that your native language might not, so you will have to learn how to make completely new sounds.

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English as a global language
People often talk about English as a global language or lingua franca. With more than 350 million people around the world speaking English as a first language and more than 430 million speaking it as a second language, there are English speakers in most countries around the world. Why is English so popular, though? And why has it become a global language?

People often call English the international language of business, and it’s increasingly true as international trade expands every year, bringing new countries into contact. Many of the best MBA programs are taught in English, so speaking it well can put you in a position to get the best training and credentials. Most multinational companies require a certain degree of English proficiency from potential employees so in order to get a position with a top company, more and people are learning English.

If your ambitions lie in science or medicine, you can’t neglect English either. Much of the technical terminology is based on English words, and if you want to learn about the latest developments and discoveries from around the world, you’ll read about them in journals and research reports published in English, no matter whether the scientists who wrote them are from China or Norway. And, of course, with good conversational English, you’ll be able to network and make important contacts at conferences and seminars.

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English also opens doors in the academic world. Of course, if the best program in your field is in an English-speaking country, English will give you the opportunity to study with the top scholars. Western universities are attracting more and more visiting scholars, students and professors from all around the world, and their common working language is English. As well as studying and teaching, attending international conferences and publishing in foreign journals are some of the key steps to success in academia. In order to speak at these conferences or publish in these journals, excellent English is essential.

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