Surprising List Highlights Places You Might’ve Mispronounced

Without knowing it, you might be pronouncing the names of many famous locales incorrectly. Places like Bangkok, Melbourne, and Colombia all sound much different when spoken by someone from there.Thrillophilia, an online marketplace for tours and activities, compiled a list of of countries, cities, and destinations that many of us probably say wrong. It features a side-by-side comparison of the common, incorrect pronunciation juxtaposed with how the locals say it.

This fascinating and often surprising list is also helpful. Everything is spelled phonetically, so you can sound out both the correct (as well as incorrect) pronunciations. It's great if you're planning on traveling to any of these places. Knowing how to properly say the name of your destination might avoid potential embarrassment later. But, even if you don't say “Phuket” exactly right, your efforts will probably be appreciated by the people that live there.

Check out Thrillophilia's entire list 32 of commonly-mispronounced places.

Above: Bangkok, Thailand

Beijing, China

Worcestershire, UK


Yosemite National Park, USA

Dubai, UAE

Versailles, France


Reykjavik, Iceland

Kissimee, Florida, USA

Phuket, Thailand

Melbourne, Australia


Montreal, Canada

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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