50 most difficult Spanish words to pronounce

Hard Spanish words

Like any language, Spanish has its fair share of extremely difficult words to pronounce. Some are long with many repeated syllables, others are short but contain sounds that your mouth has never had to produce to say any English word. Yet other hard Spanish words are difficult simply because their spelling would be pronounced very differently in English!

These words will have anything but a seasoned pro struggling; but if you can master the pronunciation of the entire list, you’re well on your way to being a fluent speaker.

50 most difficult Spanish words to pronounce

SpanishEnglish
AburridoBored
AguacateAvocado
AhorrarSave Money
AlrededorAround
AnaranjadoOrange
ApoderarseTake over, take control of
AprovecharseTake advantage of
BalbucearBabble
CarreraCareer
CarroCar
CiudadCity
CorredoraBroker
DesarrollandoDeveloping
DesempeñarPlay
DesmesuradamenteDisproportionately
DesordenadaMessy
DesoxirribonucleótidoDeoxyribonucleotide
DispuestoAvailable
DistribuidoresDistributors
EquivocarseMake a mistake
EsbirroHenchman
EspantapájarosScarecrow
EstablecerEstablish
EstadounidenseAmerican
FerreteríaHardware store
FerrocarrilRailroad
IdiosincrasiaIdiosyncrasy
IrresponsableIrresponsible
IrrumpirBurst
JamoneroHam
JuguetónPlayful
OjaláI hope so!
OrnitorrincoPlatypus
OtorrinolaringólogoOtolaryngologist
ParaguasUmbrella
ParangaricutirimicuaroVillage in Michoacán
PerroDog
PertenecerBelong
PingüinoPenguin
PrendiendoLighting
PropósitoPurpose
PrórrogaExtension
RonronearPurr
SemejanteSimilar
SonrojadoBlushing
TrastornoDisorder
TriánguloTriangle
VerdaderoCorrect
VergüenzaShame
ZurcirDarn

Most difficult Spanish words

What is truly the most difficult Spanish word to pronounce is very subjective, but these tongue-twisting vocab words will certainly warm up your mouth and vocal cords. They’re great practice for your pronunciation and accent!

When you listen to Spanish speakers (whether in real life, on TV or an audiobook) or on the radio or a podcast), pay close attention to how the pronounce the vowels in a word. One of the beautiful things about Spanish is the consistency of pronunciation. Once you know how a vowel is said, you can pronounce any other Spanish word that includes that vowel. It will always be identical.

That way, once you master simpler words in Spanish, you can extrapolate those pronunciation rules to deduce how even these more complex Spanish words are said. You will be pronouncing the most difficult Spanish words without breaking a sweat in no time at all. Best of all, you’ll be impressing your friends and native speakers in the process. No Spanish word will be too hard for you to pronounce!

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Spanish pronunciation tips for hard words

Pro tip: if you find that one of the words on this list is particularly challenging for you, record yourself trying to pronounce it. When you hear your voice later on, it will be easier to determine where exactly you are getting tripped up. Then, you will be able to focus your effort on improving your pronunciation where it matters most. This is a great way to maximize the impact of your practice time. Most Spanish learners don’t get an opportunity to analyze their own voice – but it’s a powerful tool for mastering these difficult words.

As a bonus, try to string some of these hard Spanish words together and you will have one of the hardest sentences to pronounce in Spanish. This list is also a great place to look if you want to find the hardest word for hangman in the Spanish dictionary! For more tips and daily vocab, subscribe for our free Word-A-Day email.
Once you master these words, you will find it easy to pronounce any other Spanish word that you come across!

Challenging Spanish vocab

Remember, these are some of the most complicated words to pronounce in Spanish. Many of the sounds that are included in this list may not even be present in your native language, so don’t get frustrated. Not only does your mouth not have any experience making that sound, but it’s also a new skill for your brain to wrap itself around as well.

What is the hardest word to say in Spanish?

In our opinion, of this entire list of difficult Spanish words, the hardest word to say is “Espantapájaros”. This is because or the multiple repeated consonants with different accentuation. It’s a real tongue-twister!

Remember to take it slow at first – it doesn’t matter if you sound silly – you don’t need to speak as fast as a native Spanish speaker would, you only need to master the individual sounds. Once you have done so, you can begin to string the syllables together, and eventually work them into actual Spanish sentences. For more practice, you may also want to graduate to these challenging Spanish tongue twisters. You’re well on your way to masterful Spanish pronunciation!

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