How To Pronounce Dinosaur names?

There Is no doubt that dinosaur names can be tricky on the tongue, loads of syllables strange letter combinations, so many letters all mixed up to make pronouncing dinosaur names more tricky than the trickiest tongue twister.

The most effective way to pronounce dinosaur names is to count the number of syllables they contain. By looking for vowel sounds in the name and counting them, this allows the reader to split the name by syllable to help with pronunciation. Although effective this strategy does not work with all dinosaur names.

One of the funniest lines in Jurassic World was when Clare said to Owen Grady, “You should hear a 4 year old try to say Archaeornithomimus” to which he replied you should hear you try to say it!” You can see this here.

However Claire had a point. Dinosaur names are hard, and we mean VERY hard to say both for English speakers and non native speakers.

We take a look at why dinosaur names are hard to pronounce in the article below, and we have both a printable dinosaur sheet for Carnivores and herbivores that teaches you how to say and pronounce the top 30 most popular dinosaurs names as well.

Let get into it, and look at why dinosaur names are so hard to pronounce

Why are dinosaur names hard to say?

The pronunciation of most dinosaur names is difficult for the average person. Many dinosaur names are derived from Greek and Latin, which are not commonly spoken, they have unusual letter combinations and can be 7 syllables or more in length. These factors combine to make many dinosaur names difficult to pronounce.

There are a few reasons why dinosaur names are so hard to say.

  • Firstly, many of these creatures’ names are derived from Greek and Latin. These languages were not commonly spoken in the modern world until relatively recently, and as such, they are not commonly understood today.
  • Additionally, these languages contain many unusual letter combinations that are difficult to pronounce. For example, the name “Tyrannosaurus rex” is pronounced “tie-ran-uh-sore-us reks”. and “Quetzalcoatlus” is pronounced ket·zull·cow·at·luss
  • Another reason why dinosaur names are difficult to say is that they often contain multiple syllables. This makes them difficult to pronounce correctly, particularly for people who are not used to speaking these languages.

Dinosaur Name pronunciation

We have the following list printable below this section, but for ease we have written n the table below how to pronounce dinosaurs, which we will add to over time.

Table 1: Dinosaur Name Pronunciation – Carnivore

Dinosaur NameHow to pronounce itHow many syllables
Tyrannosaurus RexTie-ran-no-saw-rus-rex6

Table 1: Dinosaur Name Pronunciation – herbivore

Dinosaur NameHow to pronounce itHow many syllables

How to Say Dinosaur Names Printable List

we have two lists belong for you to print and collect. They can also be used as a dinosaur Syllable tasks for children as we have included a blank one as well for children and students to try to work out how many syllables are in each dinosaur name. We have included images and a downloadable printable PDF as well.

They are split into the top 15 most popular Carnivores and Herbivores. So you have to download both.

How to say dinosaur names

Dinosaur pronunciation – Carnivores

Dinosaur Pronunciation – Herbivores

We are also putting together a Youtube Channel


If you are unsure how to say a particular dinosaur name, be sure to ask someone who is familiar with these languages. With a little practice, you will be able to say these names like a pro!

The link here and below will take you to a how to spell dinosaur names tip page with a free to play dinosaur name hangman game as well. if you want to try to practice !

Some of My Dinosaur Resource Recommendations for Home and School.

Thanks for taking the time to read our facts and questions articles, as a teacher myself i have struggled to find resources in one place and that is why this website was born. I simply love teaching students about dinosaurs both in my role as a language and General Studies teacher. However there is sometimes a need for something more concrete than a printout (as useful as we think ours are! )

There is something awesome about the feeling of awe that these amazing creatures instil in our children and students. To further help you, and potentially me, i have included a few resources below that i have found to be incredibly successful when explaining dinosaurs to children, these range form books and resources, to toys fossils and dinosaur figures.

Sometimes having something tactile to touch in those tiny hands help to focus and cement learning and develop those big brains! Hope they are helpful too.

Dinosaur Books and Readers

There are of course hundreds of excellent, and not so excellent books on Dinosaurs for Children out there. So rather than, yet, go into huge detail. I will highlight the ones I love to use with my students from ages 6 to 10. We have include AR in these as well. ( nothing quite like a moving dinosaur in front of you!

Fossil Sets

I cant say how great these are to use in a classroom while reading with a group. the chance to read about a dinosaur and then touch a real piece is simply great. I have a selection ( self confessed dinosaur geek) but a cheap set of 10 or so will do the trick just as well. Dinosaur poop is great as well!!! i pass it round and ask them to guess what it is first!

Dinosaur Figures

I actually use realia in a lot of classes especially with animals and dinosaurs, and figures help to show the kind of animal we are reading about. It is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on dinosaur figures but there is no need, either as a teacher or a parent. The set below and similar we have used to help students picture dinosaurs to great effect.


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