English with Kirsty – episode 99
Pronouncing place names in the UK
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We know that in English words, the same group of letters can be pronounced in different ways. This is particularly true of place names. It’s impossible to write a complete guide to place names because there are so many, but here is a quick guide to some words that are often mispronounced by tourists and even native speakers!
2. shire – Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
3. cester – worcester leicester
4. ph – Clapham
5. wick – Warwick, Chiswick
6. ham – Birmingham, Durham, Nottingham, Buckingham Palace
7. St Pancras
8. borough – Scarborough, Loughborough
11. folk – Norfolk Suffolk
13. mouth – Portsmouth, Plymouth
14. Bury Newbury Canterbury
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