Even though English is spoken in many places around the world, the way we pronounce words can differ from country to country.
In particular, Australian English is vastly different from American English, which is what u/scarletmanuka found out when they learned of the difference in pronunciation for "sentient." So, in light of that discovery, they asked the Reddit community for other words that are pronounced differently in Australia and the USA.
1. "The name Megan. It's pronounced Meh-gan everywhere else, except in Australia, it's pronounced as Mee-gan."
2. "Melbourne. Americans pronounce it as it's spelt, we [Australians] pronounce it as 'Mel-burn.'"
8. "Toob instead of tube. My kids all pronounce it as 'YouToob' instead of 'YouTube.' Fuck, it gives me the shits, but then I’m a cranky old cunt."
"It's called yod-dropping. American English removes the initial y- sound (the 'yod') from 'u' for many words with a leading 't' or 'd' and sometimes 'j.' Tube, tune, dune, Tuesday, tumour."
10. "The most challenging Australian word I’ve ever seen for Americans to pronounce is 'Cairns.' It's like it uses a vowel they just don’t have. They really want to pronounce the 'r' in it, whereas Aussies rarely pronounce 'r' unless it's at the start of the syllable."
"Sydney-based yank ex-pat here. I've learned to just memorise and repeat the Aussie pronunciation of Cairns (to the best of my ability) without reference to its spelling. To be fair, I do that now with many place names in Australia, but Cairns is the example that got me on it."
11. "Aussy instead of auzzy, even after an Australian has just said the damn word."
15. "Buoy. Americans say it 'booey,' but it's from the word 'buoyant,' so our way is better."
20. "They [Americans] pronounce 'mirror' like 'meerrrrr' and 'horror' like 'whore.'"
26. "How no one is mentioning cement in here is amazing. Americans pronounce it 'seament' as in 'semen,' instead of 'ceh-ment.'"
27. "Australians say 'route' that rhymes with 'out.' This drives my Indian-raised parents crazy (they say 'root' and claim that's closer to the British pronunciation)."
"In Australia, if you say 'root' with the boot sound, it usually means to shag someone or have sex. It can also refer to root vegetables, but is probably said less often."