All of us have encountered words that give us fits, no matter the level of English proficiency. You could be William Shakespeare himself and still trip up over a relatively-simple word. For non-native speakers, there are a few repeat offenders that consistently give headaches and tongue cramps.
According to a survey with more than 5,000 submissions, the following words were identified as the trickiest that the English language has to offer:
7. Penguin (This word is of particular difficulty to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who, ironically, was selected to narrate this video on the flightless fowl.)
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9 and 1 would be the two I would struggle with. A few like rural were surprising entries. The English language is certainly filled with wonderfully, and sometimes annoyingly complex words.