Other than a fanny pack, baseball cap and a big camera hanging from your neck, mispronouncing the city you're in is a surefire way to let everyone know you're a tourist.

But let's face it, learning the proper pronunciation of every place in the world can be tricky, and no one wants to be labelled as an ignorant foreigner.

There's also nothing more irritating than realising you've been pronouncing something wrong your entire life, so here are 18 countries you've probably been saying wrong, and how you should actually be pronouncing them:

Melbourne, Australia

Wrong: "Mel-BORN"

Right: "Melb'n"

Bangkok, Thailand

Wrong: "BANG-kok"

Right: "Bahng-Gawk"


Wrong: "EYE-rack"

Right: "ee-ROCK"

Beijing, China

Wrong: "Bay-zhhhing"

Right: "Bey-Jing"

Brisbane, Australia

Wrong: "Bris-BAYNE"

Right: "Brisb'n"


Wrong: "Co-LUM-bee-a"

Right: "Co-LOHM-bee-a"

Lafayette, USA

Wrong: "Lah-FEY-et"

Right: "Laff-EE-yet"

Dubai, UAE

Wrong: "Doo-BYE"

Right: "Du-BAY"

Reykjavik, Iceland

Wrong: "RAKE-ja-vik"

Right: "REY-kya-vik"

The River Thames, UK

Wrong: "THAYms"

Right: "TEMs"


Wrong: "NYE-jer"

Right: "nee-ZHAIR"


Wrong: "Kah-TAR"

Right: "Kuh-Ter"

Montreal, Canada

Wrong: "MON-tree-ALL"

Right: "MUN-tree-all"

Phuket, Thailand

Wrong: "Foo-kit" or "Fuh-ket"

Right: "Poo-get"

Worcestershire, UK

Wrong: "Wor-chester-shyr"

Right: "Wusta-sheer"

Versailles, France

Wrong: "Ver-SAYLZ"

Right: "Ver-SYE"

Yosemite Park, USA

Wrong: "Yo-SE-mi-nee" or "Yo-se-MIGHT"

Right: "Yoh-sem-it-ee"

Worcester, UK

Wrong: "Wor-ches-ter" or "WOR-sess-ter"

Right: "WOSS-ter"


Wrong: "PAK-uh-Stan" or "PAK-ee-Stan"

Right: "PAH-kee-Stahn"

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