Native English-speakers don’t put too much thought into pronunciation—it’s second nature. But ask someone whose first language isn’t English to try out some pretty common words and hilarity ensues.
In this video, Germans struggle to say the word “squirrel.” Sure, it is a pretty random word to make foreign speakers say, but it’s a surprising reminder of how difficult hard consonant sounds are when followed immediately by a double-r.
This weird quirk of how Germans pronounce English words was perhaps first brought to light by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
Don’t feel too bad if you get a giggle from watching these folks grapple with the correct pronunciation, because they’re probably the only ones who can pronounce the German word for squirrel: Eichhörnchen.