30 Major City Names You May Be Pronouncing All Wrong

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30 Major City Names You May Be Pronouncing All Wrong
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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.

1
Worcester, Massachusetts

worcester city names

The right way to pronounce it: Wuss-ter

2
Bangkok, Thailand

bangkok city names

The right way to pronounce it: Bahng-gawk

3
Montreal, Canada

montreal city names

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.

4
Boise, Idaho

boise city names

The right way to pronounce it: Boy-see

5
Spokane, Washington

spokane city names

The right way to pronounce it: Spo-can

6
Versailles, France

versailles city names

The right way to pronounce it: Ver-sy

7
Nice, France

nice france city names

The right way to pronounce it: Niece

8
Louisville, Kentucky

louisville city names

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

9
Helena, Montana

helena city names

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

10
Worcestershire, United Kingdom

worcestershire city names

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

11
Des Moines, Iowa

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The right way to pronounce it: Duh-moyn

12
Budapest, Hungary

budapest city names

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

13
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

dubai city names

The right way to pronounce it: Do-bay

14
Hiroshima, Japan

hiroshima city names

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

15
Oslo, Norway

oslo city names

The right way to pronounce it: Aws-low

16
Munich, Germany

munich city names

The right way to pronounce it: Myoon-ick

17
Åre, Sweden

The right way to pronounce it: Ore-uh

18
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

rio de janeiro city names

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

19
Majorca, Spain

majorca city names

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

20
Lyon, France

lyon city names

The right way to pronounce it: Lee-on

21
Quebec City, Canada

quebec city names

The right way to pronounce it: Kuh-beck city

22
Kiev, Ukraine

kiev city names

The right way to pronounce it: Key-iv

23
Milan, Italy

milan city names

The right way to pronounce it: Me-lahn

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

24
Johannesburg, South Africa

johannesburg city names

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

25
Glasgow, Scottland

glasgow city names

The right way to pronounce it: Glass-go

26
The Hague, Netherlands

the hague city names

The right way to pronounce it: The Hayg

27
Phuket, Thailand

phuket thailand city names

The right way to pronounce it: Poo-get

28
Melbourne, Australia

melbourne city names

The right way to pronounce it: Mel-bin

29
Reykjavik, Iceland

reykjavik city names

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

30
Boston, Massachusetts

boston city names

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

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