As everyone knows, different languages use different combinations of sound to form the vast majority of words in their language. After a lifetime of conditioning your mouth to make certain sounds, it’s not always so easy to all of a sudden be able to make new ones. So typically when someone tries to learn a new language with words that use an unfamiliar sound, they can’t always quite get it right.
A few years ago, Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson pointed out that the best way to expose a German spy would be to ask them to say the word ‘squirrel,’ because “no German, no matter how well they speak English, can say ‘squirrel.'”
That may or may not be true… hopefully I’m never put in the position of needing to uncover a German spy. However, as the hilarious YouTube video below suggests, it quite possibly may be true after all.
But don’t worry, we’re not trying to pick on German speakers here. The same is true for speakers of all languages. And just to be fair, watch the follow up video of English speakers trying to say ‘Eichhörnchen’, the German word for ‘squirrel’.