30 Major City Names You May Be Pronouncing All Wrong

Did you have a nice time in Nice?

30 Major City Names You May Be Pronouncing All Wrong

Did you have a nice time in Nice?

Flying to Spokane, Washington, soon? Do yourself a favor when you arrive. Don’t say, “Ahh. It’s so good to be in Spo-cane.” Trust us, your words will only be met with emoji-style eye-rolls by the locals. (But, hey, it’s a common mistake!) In fact, you’d be amazed how many knowledgable travelers mispronounce the names of so many famous locales—from Boise to Helena to, of course, Reykjavik.

In the interest of making sure you pronounce them all perfectly, we’ve listed here the 30 most mangled city names in the world, ordered from are-you-kidding-me? to okay-we-see-how-you-messed-that-one-up. And to prepare for when you giddy-up and jet off to these places, be sure you know the 10 Best Tricks For Sleeping on a Plane.

worcester city names

1
Worcester, Massachusetts

The right way to pronounce it: Wuss-ter

bangkok city names

2
Bangkok, Thailand

The right way to pronounce it: Bahng-gawk

montreal city names

3
Montreal, Canada

The right way to pronounce it: Mun-tree-all

For more great travel advice, here are 20 Secrets Your Flight Attendant Won’t Tell You.

boise city names

4
Boise, Idaho

The right way to pronounce it: Boy-see

spokane city names

5
Spokane, Washington

The right way to pronounce it: Spo-can

versailles city names

6
Versailles, France

The right way to pronounce it: Ver-sy

nice france city names

7
Nice, France

The right way to pronounce it: Niece

louisville city names

8
Louisville, Kentucky

The right way to pronounce it: Loo-uh-vul

helena city names

9
Helena, Montana

The right way to pronounce it: Hell-en-uh

worcestershire city names

10
Worcestershire, United Kingdom

The right way to pronounce it: Woost-a-sheer

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11
Des Moines, Iowa

The right way to pronounce it: Duh-moyn

budapest city names

12
Budapest, Hungary

The right way to pronounce it: Boo-duh-pesht

dubai city names

13
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The right way to pronounce it: Do-bay

hiroshima city names

14
Hiroshima, Japan

The right way to pronounce it: He-row-she-ma

oslo city names

15
Oslo, Norway

The right way to pronounce it: Aws-low

munich city names

16
Munich, Germany

The right way to pronounce it: Myoon-ick

17
Åre, Sweden

The right way to pronounce it: Ore-uh

rio de janeiro city names

18
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The right way to pronounce it: Ree-oh d’ ja-near-oh

majorca city names

19
Majorca, Spain

The right way to pronounce it: Muh-york-uh

lyon city names

20
Lyon, France

The right way to pronounce it: Lee-on

quebec city names

21
Quebec City, Canada

The right way to pronounce it: Kuh-beck city

kiev city names

22
Kiev, Ukraine

The right way to pronounce it: Key-iv

milan city names

23
Milan, Italy

The right way to pronounce it: Me-lahn

Oh, and speaking of Italy? This gorgeous town will actually pay you to move there. 

johannesburg city names

24
Johannesburg, South Africa

The right way to pronounce it: Joe-han-niss-burg

glasgow city names

25
Glasgow, Scottland

The right way to pronounce it: Glass-go

the hague city names

26
The Hague, Netherlands

The right way to pronounce it: The Hayg

phuket thailand city names

27
Phuket, Thailand

The right way to pronounce it: Poo-get

melbourne city names

28
Melbourne, Australia

The right way to pronounce it: Mel-bin

reykjavik city names

29
Reykjavik, Iceland

The right way to pronounce it: Ray-keeya-vick

boston city names

30
Boston, Massachusetts

The right way to pronounce it (like the locals, ya heah?): Baw-stin

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