https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Harley.J.Quin

Videos: Germans trying to say Squirrel, Canadians trying to say Eichhörnchen

http://mentalfloss.com/article/56880/watch-germans-try-say-word-squirrel

For the record I can not pronounce either of them, in my defence we have no squirrels in New Zealand :P

May 25, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

For best results, try "rural squirrel". ;)

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanZander

Just about to say the same thing!

May 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlmogL

And now I know the German word for "squirrel". :-)

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kangaroopouch

They should try Oachkatzlschwoaf! Standard test to see if people can become Bavarians :D

May 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikamjh

I say it with one syllable. I think the number of syllables depends on where you are from... Anyone else say it different from skwerl (that was my best attempt at a phonetic spelling of how I say it).

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josh1209

I think some of us native English speakers grew up with exclamations of "squirrel" being a reference to typical ADD or ADHD symptoms. As such, it becomes somewhat usual to say the word very quickly as if one was exhibiting some of these hyperactive or distractible behaviors.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/calvinlimuel13

that's an interesting thought

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aurfore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg&feature=kp

This is the only time I've seen this be a thing, unless this film was around 50 years ago I don't seen "native english speakers" thinking of it as an ADHD thing.

May 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josh1209

Oh well, maybe it is just me. The quick and sudden expression of "Squirrel!" reminds me of something one with those symptoms might do. My apologies.

May 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aurfore

No need to apologise, I'm pretty sick of coming across like an ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ online just because I want to express my opinion :\

I've known people with ADHD/ADD and they seriously DON'T just randomly shout out squirrel or anything else unless they're just playing with someone.

Now if there was someone with Tourette's on the other hand...

May 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josh1209

I'm not trying to imply that they do, just to make that clear. You're probably right in that.

May 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aldittli

How funny! It is hard for native English speakers. I remember not being able to say "squirrel" no matter how hard I tried when I had speech therapy in elementary school.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Harley.J.Quin

I refuse point blank to say it, it wasnt something we ever had to say having none in NZ, then when i asked about them to an american and they giggled at how i botched it...

I have never been able say it right though, even with a friend trying to coach me.

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathieu37Mateo

Great!

May 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nateVONgreat

lol, jellyfish! its so funny to hear people read "ch" as an american "ch"!

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/supapoopa

WTF they thought squirrel meant Jellyfish

May 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josh1209

It sounds like they're saying something along the lines of "square-el".

May 31, 2014
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