By Michelle Yastremsky
Going to see the Cliffs of Moher (Cliffs of more) in Ireland or dreaming of grabbing a pint in Edinburgh (Ed-in-burra)? Better learn to pronounce them first! Here are nine commonly mispronounced cities, countries, and must-visit destinations.
Although all Icelanders speak English and don’t expect you to be able to name their Seljalandsfoss waterfall or Hallgrímskirkja church, you should now be able to pronounce the name of their capital city!
If you don’t put your sunblock on during Australia’s sun, you may get a sun-burn in mel-bun. That’s right – the “r” in Australia’s capital city is silent, but you can also just shorten it to “MEL” as the locals do.
Don’t you dare pronounce that G! Instead add some chill to Scotland’s capital city with a burr-a. And while you’re at it, why not learn to say some of Scotland’s most common sayings.
Spain’s iconic party island is more than meets the eye – especially in the case of its name! The “z” in Ibiza is pronounced "th," which is fitting as you certainly won't be getting any zZz's while exploring this picturesque party destination.
Planning a date with the beautiful Mona Lisa? Don’t insult her by mispronouncing the name of her permanent home. Be sure to put the accent on the first syllable and make the "r" extra guttaral.
Ireland’s most dramatic sea cliffs are likely as commonly mispronounced as they are visited.
The pairing of p + h in English may make an “f” sound, but such is not the case in the Thai language. In fact, pretend there’s no “h” at all and book it to Poo-ket.
Pronounced: A blend of Ken & can
Cannes you believe how confusing it is to pronounce this gem of the French Riviera?
Pronounced: Louse as in "blouse"
Pronounciation of this country is somewhat controversial; while some will drop the "s" at the end and pronounce it "lao," this is incorrect! Keep it simple, and don't make an s of yourself.