UK place names commonly mispronounced

by IDP IELTS — August 23rd, 2017

Names with unfamiliar cultural and historical influences have become an absolute challenge to pronounce. 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, especially in place names.

Names with unfamiliar cultural and historical influences have become an absolute challenge to pronounce. Even for the most accomplished linguists (a person who studies and may speak different languages), phonation is full of confusing rules, especially in place names.

This month, check out our pronunciation guide of UK place names to improve your travel IQ and find inspiration for your next great British adventure!

Hunstanton – Hun-ston
Worcestershire – Woos-ter-sher

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Marylebone – Mar-lee-bone

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Durham – Dur-um
Beaulieu – Bew-lee

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Bicester – Bister

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The River Thames – The River Temz

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Gateacre – Gatt-a-ker

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Leicester – Less-ter

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Gloucestershire – Glos-ter-sher

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Edinburgh – Ed-in-burr-a

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Holborn – Ho-burn

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Mousehole – Mow-zel

 

Bournemouth – Born-muth

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Plymouth – Pli-muth
Alnwick – Ann-ick
Blackley – Blay-kli

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Cleobury – Kli-beri
Elham – I-lem
Leominster – Lems-ter

Source: Wikipedia, Instagram