Have you been saying these place names incorrectly?

These places may seem obviously to say but there’s a good chance you are saying them wrong. In fact, most of us are. Has anyone ever taught you the correct way to say ‘Dubai’? If you aren’t from the place or know a local person, how are you supposed to know?

For instance, how many of you have hear foreigners pronounce ‘Melbourne’ incorrectly? We know to say ‘Mel-b’n’ but they always say ‘Mel-BORN’. It comes down to intonation, emphasis and accent, which explains why sometimes we get words very wrong.

Tell us, have you been pronouncing these places wrong too? If so, find out how to say them properly so you can teach your friends.


  • Wrong: BANG-kok
  • Right: Bahng-Gawk
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Phuket, Thailand

  • Wrong: Foo-kit or Fuh-ket
  • Right: Poo-get

Beijing, China

  • Wrong: Bay-zhhhing
  • Right: Bey-Jing


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  • Wrong: Boo-da-PEST
  • Right: Boo-da-PESHT


  • Wrong: Doo-BYE
  • Right: Du-BAY

Thames River, United Kingdom

  • Wrong: THAYms
  • Right: TEMs
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Colombia, South America

  • Wrong: Co-LUM-bee-a
  • Right: Co-LOHM-bee-a

Louisville, Kentucky

  • Wrong: Loo-iss-vill
  • Right: Loo-i-vul

Tijuana, Mexico

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  • Wrong: TEE-uh-WAN-na
  • Right: Tee-WHANNA


  • Wrong: EYE-rack
  • Right: ee-ROCK


  • Wrong: PAK-uh-Stan or PAK-ee-Stan
  • Right: PAH-kee-Stahn
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The River Thames, UK

  • Wrong: THAYms
  • Right: TEMs


  • Wrong: TEE-uh-WAN-na
  • Right: Tee-WHANNA

Worcestershire, UK

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  • Wrong: Wor-chester-shyr
  • Right: Wusta-sheer


  • Wrong: Kah-TAR
  • Right: Kuh-Ter

Versailles, France

  • Wrong: Ver-SAYLZ
  • Right: Ver-SYE


Have you been saying any of these places wrong? Were there any surprises on this list?