Some words can be tough to pronounce, but to avoid saying them in public can make them harder to learn. Using them in public might help you remember the right way to say them.
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If you keep your best-guess pronunciations in your head, rather than using them in a conversation with another person, you'll never embarrass yourself in front of others. However, the folks over at WonderHowTo suggest that being wrong isn't always bad:
The embarrassing experience of being corrected is exactly what you need to expand your vocabulary. Mispronouncing a word among others practically guarantees you'll be corrected, and in that short instant, your pronunciation changes forever, burned into your memory like a scar. You will never make the same mistake again.
Even though you can look up a word in a dictionary or translation app, the pronunciation isn't likely to stick in your head the same way being corrected by a person will. For more details (and to hear an unforgettable example from a Wheel of Fortune game contestant), click the source link below.