Australian place names commonly mispronounced

by IELTS — August 8th, 2018

Some Australian city names are hard to say. From Moombooldool to Wangkatjungka: Check out these hard to pronounce Australian place names.

Even for the most accomplished linguists (a person who studies and may speak different languages), phonation (the production or utterance of speech sounds) is full of confusing rules. For example, in place names.

Names with unfamiliar cultural and historical influences have become an absolute challenge to pronounce. Especially in Australia. So, this month, check out our pronunciation guide of Australian place names. As a result, improve your travel IQ and find inspiration for your next great adventure!

  • Bathurst: Bath-est
  • Wollombi: Wol-lum-bye
  • Brewarrina: Brew-ar-een
  • Goonoo Goonoo: Gunna g’noo
  • Walcha: Wol-ka
  • Moombooldool: Mum-bool-dool
  • Ballan: Ba-laan
  • Moe: Mow-ee
  • Beaconsfield: Bec-kons-field
  • Lalor: Law-ler
  • Geelong: J’long
  • Creswick: Crez-zick
  • Canberra: Can-bra
  • Manuka: Marn-ukka
  • Fairbairn: Fair-burn

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Cairns

Canberra

Melbourne

  • Kata Tjuta: Kah-tah choor-ta
  • Ubirr: O-beer-ee
  • Quorn: Kworn
  • Gumeracha: Gum-er-ack-ah
  • Pooraka: P’rak-uh
  • Mallala: Mal-uh-lar
  • Wudinna: Wood-na
  • Launceston: Lon-ces-ton
  • Breadalbane: Bre-dole-bin
  • Mandurah: Man-drah
  • Wangkatjungka: Won-ka-jon-ka
  • Cairns: Cans
  • Goodiwindi: Gunda-windy
  • Capalaba: Ke-pal-eba
  • Mackay: Mack-eye

Source: Instagram; Wikipedia; news.com.au

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