Açaí — /ä-sä-‘ē, ä-sī-‘ē/ from 10 Foreign Foods You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong (Slideshow)

10 Foreign Foods You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong (Slideshow)

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Açaí — /ä-sä-‘ē, ä-sī-‘ē/

We get it; nobody wants to pronounce a four letter word as three syllables. Also, people are generally too lazy to include the necessary accents when writing açaí, especially for the “C.” (And to be honest, I’m copying-and-pasting, because even I don’t know the keyboard shortcuts off-hand.) But that’s no excuse to say the Brazilian-Portuguese (by way of the indigenous Nheêngatú) name of this berry incorrectly, especially since you can get away with two different pronunciations. “Ah-sah-ee” and “ah-sigh-ee” are both right, and even getting close will earn you partial credit. Just please don’t say “uh-ky.”