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Thursday, 11 December 2014

PRONOUNCING THE NAMES OF SOME BRITISH PLACES



You all know how difficult is pronunciation in English, there aren't many rules. But pronunciarion even becomes more difficult with proper names, like names of towns, villages and cities. Here's a list of British places and how they are pronounced. Check them.

  • Alciston, East Sussex – Aston
  • Alfriston, East Sussex – All-Friston
  • Allerton, Bradford, West Yorkshire – Ollerton
  • Alnmouth – Allenmouth
  • Alnwick (Northumberland) – Anic
  • Althorp (where Princess Diana is buried) The village is pronounced Olthorpe but the House is pronounced Orltrop (notice the reversal of the O and the R!)
  • Ansty, West Sussex An-Sty
  • Ardingly (Sussex) – Ardingl-eye
  • Bamburgh (Northumberland) – Bambruff or Bambro?
  • Beaconsfield – Bekonsfield
  • Beaulieu – Bewley
  • Bedworth – Bedduth
  • Belvoir – Beever
  • Berwick on Tweed – Berik on Tweed
  • Bicester – Bister
  • Boughton, Lincolnshire – Bootun
  • Brough, East Yorkshire – Bruff
  • Burpham, Surrey or West Sussex  Ber-Fam
  • Chippenham (see comments at top of page) – Chipnam, Chipenum 
  • Chiswick, London – Chizzik
  • Cholmondeston, Cheshire – Chumston
  • Cholmondley – Chumly
  • Edinburgh – Edinboro or Edinburah (just NOT Edinburg)
  • Eltham, SE London – El-tum
  • Etchilhampton  (near Devizes Wilts) – Eyeshalton
  • Fowey (Cornwall) Foy
  • Frome – Froom
  • Gillingham, Kent – Jillingham
  • Gillingham, Norfolk & Dorset – Gillingham (hard sounding “g” as in girl)
  • Gotham, Nottinghamshire – Goat’am
  • Glasgow – Glazga
  • Gloucester – Gloster
  • Greenwich – Grenich
  • Grosmont, North Yorkshire – Grow-mont
  • Grosvenor – Grovenor
  • Harrogate – Harrowget
  • Hastings, Sussex – Haystings
  • Holborn, Central London – Hoe-burn
  • Hunstanton (Norfolk) – Hunston
  • Keswick, Cumbria, England – Kezik
  • Kettering (Northamptonshire) Ke’-rin – Apostrophe indicated glottal stop
  • Launceston (UK) – Lawnston
  • Leadenham, Lincolnshire – Led’nam
  • Leicester – Lester
  • Leominster – Lemster
  • Lewes, East Sussex – Loowis
  • Mildenhall (Wilthsire) – Minal  (to rhyme with spinal)
  • Milton Keynes – Milton Keens
  • Mousehole, Cornwall – Mowzel
  • Norwich – NORRich
  • Penistone – Penny -stun
  • Plymouth – Plimuth
  • Ruislip – Ryeslip
  • Salisbury, England – Sawlsbry
  • Scone, Perth, Scotland – Skoon
  • Shrewsbury – Shrowsberry
  • Slough – Slow (to rhyme with how/now)
  • Southwark – Suthuk
  • Truro, Cornwall – Tru-row
  • Warwick – Warrick
  • Welwyn – Wellin
  • Weymouth, Dorset – Waymuth
  • Worcester – Wooster 
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