39 Places in the World That Are Commonly Mispronounced

If you love traveling and if you’re planning to visit these places, try pronouncing these places in the correct way to avoid getting negative feedback especially from people around the place


There are places that we sometimes fail to pronounce correctly. Natives of these places even don’t get it right sometimes, mainly because they’re just not that easy to pronounce. Most of the time, letters in the words are either silent or they’re pronounced differently depending on what pace you are in.

Well to cut things short, here are some of the places that are commonly mispronounced:


1. REYKJAVIK, Iceland

How people say it -> “RAKE-ja-vik”

How it should sound       -> “REY-kya-vik”

2. BANGKOK, Thailand

How people say it -> “Bang-kok”

How it should sound   -> “Bahng-Gawk”

3. DUBAI, U.A.E.

How people say it -> “Doo-BYE”

How it should sound   -> “Du-BAY”

4. VERSAILLES, France

How people say it -> “Ver-SAYLZ”

How it should sound   -> “Ver-SYE”

5. PHUKET, Thailand

How people say it -> “FUH-ket”

How it should sound   -> “poo-GET”

6. BEIJING, China

How people say it -> “Bay-zhhhing”

How it should sound   -> “Bey-Jing”

7. BUDAPEST, Hungary

How people say it -> “Boo-da-PEST

How it should sound   -> “Boo-da-PESHT”

8. BRISBANE, Australia

How people say it -> “Bris-BAYNE”

How it should sound   -> “Bris’bn”

9. CANNES, France

How people say it -> “Can-nes”

How it should sound   -> “can”

10. MELBOURNE, Australia

How people say it -> “Mel-BORN”

How it should sound   -> “Melb’n”

11. MONTREAL, Canada

How people say it -> “MON-tree-ALL”

How it should sound   -> “MUN-tree-all”

12. NIGER, Western Africa

How people say it -> “NYE-jer”

How it should sound   -> “nee-ZHAIR”

13. ARKANSAS

How people say it -> “Ar-kan-sas”

How it should sound   -> “Ark-an-saw”

14. TIJUANA

How people say it -> “Tee-uh-WAN-na”

How it should sound   -> “Tee-WHANNA”

15. QATAR

How people say it -> “Kah-TAR”

How it should sound   -> “Kuh-Ter”

16. COLUMBIA

How people say it -> “Co-LUM-bee-a”

How it should sound   -> “Co-LOHM-bee-a”

17. PAKISTAN

How people say it -> “PAK-ee-Stan”

How it should sound   -> “PAH-kee-Stahn”

18. IRAQ

How people say it -> “EYE-rack”

How it should sound   -> “ee-ROCK”

19. OREGON

How people say it -> “OR-eh-GONE”

How it should sound   -> “OR-eh-g*n”

20. THE RIVER THAYMES, UK

How people say it -> “THAYms”

How it should sound   -> “TEMs”


21. SPOKANE, Washington

How people say it -> “Spo-CANE”

How it should sound   -> “Spo-CAN”

22. WORCESTER, Massachusetts

How people say it -> “WOR-sess-ter”

How it should sound   -> “WOOS-ter”

23. HELENA, USA

How people say it -> “Hel-AY-na”

How it should sound   -> “HELL-en-a”

24. BOISE, ID

How people say it -> “BOY-zee”

How it should sound   -> “BOY-see”

25. IBIZA, Spain

How people say it -> “i-BEE-zuh”

How it should sound   -> “eye-BEE-thuh”

26. MACKINAC ISLAND, MI

How people say it -> “MACK-in-ack”

How it should sound   -> “MACK-in-aw”

27. YOSEMITE, National Park California

How people say it -> “YO-Se-MIGHT”

How it should sound   -> “YOH-sem-it-ee”

28. VIA DOLOROSA, Jerusalem

How people say it -> “Vee-ya DEL-A Ro-sa”

How it should sound   -> “Vee-ya DOLL-o Ro-sa”

29. OAXACA, Mexico

How people say it -> “WOKS-ah-kuh”

How it should sound   -> “wuh-HOCK-uh”

30. GSTAD, Switzerland

How people say it -> “Guh-STAHD”

How it should sound   -> “shtot”

31. KISSIMMEE, Florida

How people say it -> “KISS-im-mee”

How it should sound   -> “Ka-SE-IM-mee”

32. LEICESTER SQUARE, London

How people say it -> “LYE-ces-thur”

How it should sound   -> “LESS-tuhr”

33. BEAULIUE, Hampshire England

How people say it -> “Bee-uh-Lee-uh”

How it should sound   -> “Bew-Lee”

34. SITGES, Spain

How people say it -> “SEET-jizz”

How it should sound   -> “SET-jess”

35. NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada

How people say it -> “New-found-land”

How it should sound   -> “NEW-fin-dlund”

36. EDINBURGH, Scotland

How people say it -> “ED-in-burg”

How it should sound   -> “ED-in-burr-uh”

37. GOTHAM, Nottinghamshire, England

How people say it -> “Got-ham”

How it should sound   -> “Goat-ham”

38. MARBELLA, Spain

How people say it -> “mar-BEL-yuh”

How it should sound   -> “mar-BAY-yuh”

39. BEAULIUE, Hampshire England

How people say it -> “Bee-uh-Lee-uh”

How it should sound   -> “Bew-Lee”

LA JOLLA, California

How people say it -> “La JOL-LA”

How it should sound   -> “La HOY-a”

If you love traveling and if you’re planning to visit these places, try pronouncing these places in the correct way to avoid getting negative feedback especially from people around the place. Yes, it might not be always the case but, who knows, maybe this can save your life.


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