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

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 17 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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© GuitarPhotographer / Shutterstock

Don’t say: see-oohl
Say: soul

Phuket

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© Parshina Marina / Shutterstock

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

Beijing

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© Songquan Deng / Shutterstock

Don’t say: bay-zhinngg
Say: bey-JING

Colombia

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© Jess Kraft / Shutterstock

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

Dubai

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© Nick Starichenko / Shutterstock

Don’t say: du-BYE
Say: du-BAY

Iraq

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© Vastram / Shutterstock

Don’t say: EYE-RACK
Say: EE-ROCK

Qatar

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© Fitria Ramli / Shutterstock

Don’t say: kuh-TAR
Say: CUT-TER

Greenwich, London

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© Nopparut.J / Shutterstock

Don’t say: green-witch
Say: grEN-ITCH

Oaxaca

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© Byelikova Oksana / Shutterstock

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

Antigua

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©loneroc / Shutterstock

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

Reykjavik

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© romeovip / Shutterstock

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

Budapest

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© Artur Bogacki / Shutterstock

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

Worcester, England

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© Caron Badkin / Shutterstock

Don’t say: were-chester
Say: WOOS-ter

Edinburgh, Scotland

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© f11photo / Shutterstock

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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