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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.

Beijing, ChinaBeijingBrisbane, AustraliaBrisbaneBudapest, HungaryBudapestCarnegie Hall, New York Carnegiie-hall, New YorkColombiaColombiaColorado, United StatesColoradoDubai, United Arab EmiratesDubaiHelena, MontanaHelenaIraqIraqKissimmee, Florida
KissimmeeLafayette, Louisiana LafayetteLa Jolla, California La-jollaLouisville, Kentucky LouisvilleMackinac Bridge, Michigan MackinacMelbourne, AustraliaMelbourneMontreal, CanadaMontrealNiger NigerNorfolk, Virginia
NorfolkPakistanPakistanPhuket, ThailandPhuketQatarQatarReykjavik, IcelandReykjavikSpokane, Washington SopkaneThames River, United KingdomThames RiverTijuana, Mexico
TijunaVersailles, France VersaillesVia Dolorosa, Jerusalem Via DolorosaWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Wilkes-BarreWorcester, United KingdomWorcester Yosemite, United StatesYosemite