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  • 0-5 - I suck at English

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  • 6-10 - Not bad, but not exactly good either

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  • 11-15 - Pretty good, desesrve a pat on the back

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    Can you pronounce these UK place names?

    I must admit that talking to many people on the internet (and in person from foreign countries - including my dad lol) over the years it is just really strange how no one can seem to get these right unless you're from here in general. So without further ado let's see if you got any of these correct:
    1. Aberystwyth
    2. Bicester
    3. Cirencester
    4. Derby
    5. Dumfries
    6. Ely
    7. Frome
    8. Gloucester
    9. Hartlepool
    10. Llanelli
    11. Leicester
    12. Leominster
    13. Loughborough
    14. Marlborough
    15. Marylebone
    16. Mousehole
    17. Reading
    18. Powys
    19. Slough
    20. Tottenham
    21. Fowey
    22. Islay
    23. Gwynedd
    24. Ruislip
    25. Pontypridd
    26. Durham
    27. Woking
    28. Worcester

    Now watch this video:



    If you're from the UK I hope that you got at least most of these right - there are a few tricky ones in there even for us Brits!

    So how many did you get correct?

    The only one I got wrong was Islay. Grr.

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    English is such a terrible language in regards to how the spelling of a word sometimes has little bearing on how it's pronounced. With German, what you see is what you get and pronunciation is easy and predictable. Being an English trainer, I've come to realise I'm damn lucky I don't have to learn this mess myself.

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    Aberystwyth
    Bicester
    Cirencester
    Derby
    Dumfries
    Ely
    Frome
    Gloucester
    Hartlepool
    Llanelli
    Leicester
    Leominster
    Loughborough
    Marlborough
    Marylebone
    Mousehole
    Reading
    Powys
    Slough
    Tottenham
    Fowey
    Islay
    Gwynedd
    Ruislip
    Pontypridd
    Durham
    Woking
    Worcester


    Got the ones in Bold right....never even heard of the ones i got wrong. What dark corner of the british isles do they come from!

    I can't recall if it was Llanelli or another place spelled just like it, but i remember going on a primary school trip to this one place and they made us do *shudders* line dancing....

    In retrospect, it was a pretty good trip. Built a raft, sailed the raft, learned to make better raft that actually floats...good times
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    We do have some unusual names. Especially in Cornwall and even more so Wales. Looks like gibberish

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    At least I am correct at "Tottenham" when most of the Americans are not. This is what you get if you call football as soccer.
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    I'm actually from Europe. I moved to Canada early on, but I visit back home almost every summer. If you're European and you say soccer, then shame on you. Don't call yourself European.


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    Not a bad effort Lebowski! My personal favourite was when you said Gloucestershire Hell, you did a better job than me and I've lived here my whole life!

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    I am so scared of british accentS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
    That's not a bad attempt. I can definitely tell you haven't lived here for a loooooooong time! Got 8 right though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0cC4dNgp8Zz

    I decided to record my answers for you, in an English accent.

    Recording it was a cool idea! You're awesome.

    I think I got about 5 right in my defense I spent most of my life in New Zealand. I'll take this test again after a year back in the UK and see how I fare. Otley here I come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fijiandoce View Post
    I can't recall if it was Llanelli or another place spelled just like it, but i remember going on a primary school trip to this one place and they made us do *shudders* line dancing....

    In retrospect, it was a pretty good trip. Built a raft, sailed the raft, learned to make better raft that actually floats...good times
    I don't think it'll be Llanelli as I used to travel there to play Cricket often as part of the league I was in. It might have been Burry Port just past Llanelli and Pwll Castle as I have past there several times and there were several boat and raft manufacturing plants nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varsh View Post
    That's not a bad attempt. I can definitely tell you haven't lived here for a loooooooong time! Got 8 right though.


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    I would like to think that 'Mousehole' is pretty easy...Mouse...hole...

    I bet half those letters are silent or something stupid though.

    With my luck someone will post that it is actually pronounced 'goat.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varsh View Post
    I don't think it'll be Llanelli as I used to travel there to play Cricket often as part of the league I was in. It might have been Burry Port just past Llanelli and Pwll Castle as I have past there several times and there were several boat and raft manufacturing plants nearby.
    I don't think it was Llanelli either tbh. Can't remember the name of it to save my life. It wasn't a boat craft place, it was kinda like a camp. A bunch of primary schools (including ours) tripped down there in buses and we stayed in dorms for the week (i think)....Year 6 was a long ass time ago

    It's like Ghost said, Wales has too many damn places with 'Ll' in their name. I think they do it on purpose just to be annoying

    Point in case -
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch

    A place who's name is so damn long the forum can't even handle it, what's with that forced space?
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    A lot of Welsh people just simply call it Llanfairgogo or just Llanfair, they can pronounce it though! ^^;

    Quote Originally Posted by podsaurus View Post
    I would like to think that 'Mousehole' is pretty easy...Mouse...hole...

    I bet half those letters are silent or something stupid though.

    With my luck someone will post that it is actually pronounced 'goat.'
    It's quite close to how it's spelt but not quite as "hole" is not pronounced like how it's spelt at all. I've been there too on my way down to Penzance (lovely place).

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    I've lived here for a few years now and I suck at pronouncing them. I only know the ones near me....some of them. I did say Laysester at first.

    My name isn't a misspelled Nazi,god****.

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    So guize what did you think of my attempt at English accent? Where would say I'm from with that accent? Or is it too fake to note a region of the UK?


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    You can definitely tell it was a put on accent. There is one thing that I have noticed is that North Americans very rarely can do a British accent. I must admit though that when you said "Bicester" and "Cirencester" you sounded so Welsh.

    Mind you I think the reason that North Americans can't do a British accent is because of one thing, we have more accents here within a 20 mile radius than most countries put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varsh View Post
    You can definitely tell it was a put on accent. There is one thing that I have noticed is that North Americans very rarely can do a British accent. I must admit though that when you said "Bicester" and "Cirencester" you sounded so Welsh.

    Mind you I think the reason that North Americans can't do a British accent is because of one thing, we have more accents here within a 20 mile radius than most countries put together.
    I have heard that before. That you cannot travel very far without crossing another accent boundary. You guys have so many little niches in terms of language.

    People out of my area have trouble with the native american names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
    So guize what did you think of my attempt at English accent? Where would say I'm from with that accent? Or is it too fake to note a region of the UK?
    Quote Originally Posted by Varsh View Post
    You can definitely tell it was a put on accent. There is one thing that I have noticed is that North Americans very rarely can do a British accent. I must admit though that when you said "Bicester" and "Cirencester" you sounded so Welsh.
    I agree with Varsh, you definitely sounded Welsh at times - especially when pronouncing 'Derby'.

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    I would say in the original video Llanelli and Pontypridd are mispronounced too. In the vid it's pronounced as Lanelli, without the double LL at the beginning. She gets it right on the second LLs which is a bit strange. PontyprEEdd. "I"s are generally "ee" and "dd" is a "th".

    I'm not a welsh speaker but generally in welsh the letters relate to specific syllables in every case, unlike in English where you have plenty of silent letters that are there only to troll non-locals.

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    I can do all 28 of those, only because I'm English though, would be tough for anyone else

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