UK Place Names

Why are British Place Names Impossible to Pronounce??

Welcome back, English learners! I had a couple of requests to cover British place names, so I have! Some of these were even new to me, so don’t worry if you find it difficult. In this video, I look at some places around the UK and London and show you the correct pronunciation. How many of these did you know before?

Hard-to-Pronounce UK Place Names

  1. ~shire /ʃə/
  2. Gloucester /ˈɡlɒstə/
  3. Edinburgh /ˈɛdɪnbəɹə/ or /ˈɛdɪnbɹə/
  4. Bicester /ˈbɪstə/
  5. Fowey /ˈfɔɪ/
  6. Cholmondeley /ˈtʃʌmli/
  7. Woolfardisworthy /ˈwʊlz(ə)ɹi/
  8. Borough /ˈbʌɹə/
  9. Southwark /ˈsʌðə(ɹ)k/
  10. Greenwich /ˈɡɹɪnɪtʃ/
  11. Chiswick /ˈtʃɪzɪk/
  12. Clapham /ˈklæp.əm/
  13. Leicester /ˈlɛstə/

Are there any hard-to-pronounce places where you live? Share them in the comments!

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