Videos: Germans trying to say Squirrel, Canadians trying to say Eichhörnchen
For the record I can not pronounce either of them, in my defence we have no squirrels in New Zealand :P
They should try Oachkatzlschwoaf! Standard test to see if people can become Bavarians :D
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
I'm not trying to imply that they do, just to make that clear. You're probably right in that.
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.