If you are a native German speaker, you've probably already had one word in particular come to mind when you think of difficult English words to pronounce: squirrel.
An article published on LiveScience.com had this explanation:
Let's take a closer look at some other issues that trip them up.
Some of the general problems with German's English pronunciation are, Germans tend to confuse the /s/ and the /z/ sound as in the words husband, always, chose, design.
Several words which Germans seem to also pronounce the same are the pairs:
pass and path
seem and theme
all so and although
Understandably, Germans often confuse the /v/ sound in English with the /w/ sound, since w's are pronounced as v's in the German language.
So typically, wine is pronounced vine or very well is said as very vell.
Some of the most pronounced difficulties are with the /R/ sound and /æ/.
When the /r/ appears at the end of a word or before another consonant, it is exceptionally difficult for Germans, as you saw in the pervious video clip.
One tip that will help you Germans pronounce English words correctly is to make certain you pronounce the /r/ sound at the end of words.
For example: If you say mo instead of more
If you only say fa instead of far and most difficult to understand ha instead of her.
The æ sound is a little more difficult to notice, understand and pronounce. To see if you have difficulty with this sound, a test sound be to pronounce the word bad. Did it sound like bed? Another is to pronounce the word sand. Did it sound like send?
Then you have a problem saying /æ/.
Here are a few more practice words: flash and flesh
man and men, Texas and taxes, salary and celery
Are you a native German speaker? What words do you have difficulty with?