There are many ways to ingratiate yourself with locals. Mispronouncing the name of their country or hometown is not one of them. It’s a surefire way to stand out as a foreigner.
Let’s take my hometown of Worcester for example. Locals (and almost everyone else from the UK) knows it as WOOS-ter but that doesn’t stop foreigners calling it WOR-sess-ter. ‘Wow, this must be the place they make WOR-sess-ter sauce.’
Don’t get me wrong. I’m just as bad as everyone else when it comes to Boo-da-PEST and Bay-zhhhing, but having visited Thailand many times, it still annoys me when I hear Foo-kit.
Trillophilia have created this handy guide to the most common mispronounced places. It’s time to get it right. No excuses.