How do you pronounce colonel?

Junha Yoo, Editorials Editor

English is a horrible language. It has a confusing order of adjectives, verb tenses, abundant use of phrasal verbs, and many words look nothing like how they are pronounced. At first glance, a non-native speaker would incorrectly read “colonel” as “co-lo-nel,” which would be phonetically correct. However, as most native speakers know, this is not the case. Instead, it is pronounced “kur-nuhl,” which phonetically looks nothing like the word. The difficult process of learning English makes it a horrible lingua franca. It is unfortunate that it has become the most common one as a result of eurocentric media and colonization.