Talking about Yosemite, Dubai, or Budapest? Check the pronunciation first before you try to say the name of these destinations out loud. According to a new study by language platform Preply, these are some of the most commonly mispronounced place names in the world.
To determine the list, Preply analyzed Google searches for “how to pronounce” + place names and ranked each destination based on pronunciation difficulty.
Preply found that these are the 20 most mispronounced places around the world.
Editor’s Note: Pronunciation guides are courtesy of Preply.
Correct: KAN or KAN-uh
Incorrect: CON or CONZ or CON-es
River Thames, England
Yosemite National Park, USA
Correct: yoh-SEH-muh-dee or yoh-SEH-muh-tee
Incorrect: yoh-SEH-mi-nee or YOH-se-might
Louvre Museum, France
Incorrect: LOOV or LOO-vray or LOO-vraa or LOO-ver
Incorrect: ver-SALES or ver-SAY-les
Incorrect: ih-BEE-za or eye-BEE-tha or ee-BEE-za
Incorrect: FUE-ket or fue-KET or FUH-ket
Antigua, Antigua, and Barbuda
Incorrect: OAK-suh-kuh or oh-AX-uh-cuh
Incorrect: mal-DIVES or MAL-deevz or MOLE-deevz
Correct: LOUSE (like “blouse”) or LOU (like “loud”)
Incorrect: LAY-os or LA-ose or LOSS
Seoul, South Korea
Correct: SUH-ool or SOLE
Incorrect: SEE-ole or see-ULE
Correct: WUSS-tuh or WUSS-ter
Incorrect: WAR-chest-er or WAR-cess-ter
Note: Also be on the lookout for Worcester, Massachusetts, United States—pronounced the same way!
Incorrect: boo-da-PEST or BOO-da-pest
Incorrect: kuh-TAAR or KAT-aar
Correct: ED-in-bruh or ED-in-bur-uh
Incorrect: ED-in-berg or ED-in-buh-row or EED-in-berg
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