How to pronounce

The crêpe (commonly spelled as crepe in English) is a French dessert consisting in a kind of thin pancake that can be made with a variety of fillings that are usually sweet but can also be savoury. Crêpes are made with flour, milk and eggs and then the batter is evenly cooked on a griddle, skillet or frying pan.
The word crêpe derives from the Latin word crispa, which means "creases". The reason crêpes have this name is because of the creases and undulations that appear on the batter when it spreads out.
English speakers often pronounce crêpe as kr-ape, however, this is incorrect. The correct pronunciation of crêpe is Kr-ehp.
The "ê" in crêpe is pronounced as a short "e", which is with an "eh" sound. In fact, it is pronounced like the "e" in the word "best".
The greatest difficulty in pronouncing crêpe is that it contains a gargled "r", which is challenging to emulate for non-native speakers. Luckily, in normal conversation, saying crêpe with an English "r" is sufficient to achieve a good enough pronunciation.

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