Learn Halloween pronunciations on Forvo

October 31, 2016

Have you ever wondered how to say 'Samhain' - the the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season? The pagan festival of Samhain is said to be the origin of modern-day Halloween. What about Ouija? Do you know how to pronounce it? The origin of the word used to refer to a 'talking' board is said to have come from an ancient Egyptian word meaning "good luck". However, more recently it is thought that the name comes from a combination of the French and German words for "yes". (Oui and Ja)

You can find out how to correctly say these words and many more on Forvo's Halloween Pronunciation Guide. The guide also contains words related to Mexico's Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. Scholars trace the origins of this modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Can you say Mictecacihuatl? Don't worry, it's in our guide too. We've also got pronunciation for words like Huitzilopochtli (the Mesoamerican deity of war and the sun) as well as Tlāloc and Xoloitzcuintle, all present in the Day of the Dead celebrations.

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