'Engrish' never loved us: 30 words listeners struggle to pronounce

English is a complicated language and holding a conversation can get tricky if you're self-conscious about your speech and pronunciation.

It seems there are many words and phrases that can trip up even the most fluent of mother tongue English-speakers.

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser spoke about the "curse" of the English language and the struggles with standard language rules and conventions.

Listeners called, texted and tweeted about the words that they battle with the most.

Below are some of the responses (the list is by no means exhaustive):

1. film
2. colonel
3. country
4. vase
5. wardrobe
6. bird/bad/bed
7. management
8. municipality
9. Worcestershire sauce
10. Psalms
11. psychology
12. Buccleuch Interchange
13. three/tree
14. anesthetist
15. Cholmondeley
16. Wednesday
17. petticoat
18. the difference between prepositions 'on' and 'in'
19. determine
20. yacht
21. certify/satisfy
22. data
23. asthma
24. arthritis
25. barbed wire
26. regardless/irregardless
27. enthusiasm
28. development
29. bowl/bowel
30. innovative

Take a listen to the hilariously light-hearted conversation as listeners debate the pronunciation:

Below are some more of the lit Twitter responses:

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