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Tongue Tied: How Do You Really Pronounce the Names of These 32 Places?

These 32 places have names that you’ve probably been mispronouncing your entire life. Luckily, travel guide company and website Thrillophilia has created a collection of images that creatively and cleverly inform us of the proper ways to pronounce the names of 32 well-known places both in the US and around the world. After all, as Thrillophilia writes on its blog :

There’s nothing more irritating to a pedant’s ear and nothing more flabbergasting than realizing you’ve been pronouncing the name of so many places wrong, your entire life!

The designs visually distinguish between the correct and incorrect pronunciations, making it easy to comprehend. In each, the incorrect (and most often used) pronunciation appears on top of a blurry photograph of the place and, next to it, the correct pronunciation appears on a sharp and clear version of the same photograph.

So whether you’re already a world traveler, planning to be one or just like to sound worldly, this visual guide is sure to set your pronunciations straight. Thrillophilia writes:

We all mispronounce a word from time to time, despite our best efforts. Likewise, almost all of us would have pronounced Bangkok as it is but in real it is “Bahng-Gawk”. Well, now it’s time we can really stop mispronouncing the following places.

 
Bangkok

Budapest

Tijuana

Colorado

Yosemite

Wilkes-Barre

Lafayette

Versailles

Via-Dolorosa

Brisbane

Carnegie-Hall

Thames-River

Reykjavik

Iraq

Worcestershire

Montreal

Phuket

Helena

Kissimmee

Dubai

Louisville

La-Jolla

Norfolk

Melbourne

Worcester

Niger

Spokane

Mackinac

Colombia

Pakistan

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