15 Countries and Cities You've Been Mispronouncing Your Entire Life

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Social Content Editor17 May 2018

Let’s face it, we’ve all mispronounced something in our lives. It’s only human after all, but when you’re in the company of friends it can be a tad embarrassing if you pronounce Gren-ITCH as Green-WITCH. To avoid any future blunders, here’s a handy list of 15 countries and cities you’ve probably been mispronouncing your entire life.

Seoul

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Don’t say: see-oohl
Say: soul

Phuket

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Don’t say: foo-ket (and don’t get that muddled up with the profanity either)
Say: POO-ket

Beijing

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Don’t say: bay-zhinngg
Say: bey-JING

Colombia

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Don’t say: co-LUM-bee-uh
Say: co-LOHM-bee-uh

Dubai

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Don’t say: du-BYE
Say: du-BAY

Iraq

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Don’t say: EYE-RACK
Say: EE-ROCK

Qatar

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Don’t say: kuh-TAR
Say: CUT-TER

Greenwich, London

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Don’t say: green-witch
Say: grEN-ITCH

Oaxaca

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Don’t say: walks-ah-kuh
Say: WUH-HAWK-UH (we were a little confused too)

Antigua

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Don’t say: an-TEE-gwah
Say: an-TEE-GUH

Reykjavik

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Don’t say: RYE-kah-vik
Say: RAY-kah-vik

Budapest

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Don’t say: boo-duh-pest
Say: boo-duh-PESHT

Worcester, England

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Don’t say: were-chester
Say: WOOS-ter

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Don’t say: edin-BOROUGH
Say: edin-BUR

Melbourne, Australia

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Don’t say: mel-BORN
Say: melb’n

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