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Pronounce "Phở" Correctly is Not Easy, and it's OK!

  • Phở is a very difficult word to pronounce correctly unless you've heard it all your life. It's not "faux" or "fur" nor is it "phô".  There is a rise in intonation at the end, which almost sounds like a question, hence the question accent mark.

  • Without the accent, "pho" is pronounce, "for". Now add the "ơ" and "phơ" sounds like "fir". And finally with the last accent mark, "phở" is pronounced like...well "phở", which does not have an equivalent in the English vocabulary. And that is why its so hard to pronounce correctly. But here's a wiki audio to help any who wants to practice.

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