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British Places Pronunciation



If you want to visit Britain then you need to know how to pronounce the places. 
What we are going to do today we're going to look at how to pronounce 10 British cities and places, are you ready. 

1. London- One of the most talked about places in the world 
the capital city of England, London. Notice how the stress is on the first syllable, L, in London. 
Neither of the ‘o’s are pronounced 
The second vowel O is a schwa sound - London 

(borough, brough, burgh) 
Borough Market 
The first stop in London for foodies, that’s just a schwa again. 
Peterborough, Middlesbrough, Edinburgh, Loughborough 

3. Westminster- miss the first /t/ Westminster 

(Ham) 
4. Buckingham Palace 
It wouldn’t be a trip to London without popping in to see the Queen, would it? But be careful not to say the ‘h’ in Buckingham.
The same as the second biggest city in England, Birmingham and home of the most hated British accent. 
Birmingham. Now I know the ham there looks like it should be BirmingHam but actually when we have the ham at the end of a place is just um so Birmingham. 
Nottingham again here we have the ham at the end just like we did with Birmingham. 
If ‘ham’ is a separate word, we must pronounce the ‘h’, ‘West Ham’ 
Birmingham, Buckingham Palace, Nottingham, Tottenham 

5.Trafalgar Square 
Nothing too complicated about this name…. Say the first /r/, but don’t say the second or third ones. OK? And the first and third ‘a’s are schwa 
Trafalgar Square 

6. Wimbledon 
the last syllable contains a schwa 
Wimbledon 

(mouth) 
7. Bournemouth 
A really popular city for English language students to visit. 
Plymouth, Bournemouth, Portsmouth 

(bury) 
8. Canterbury 
You can skip the ‘u’ and just use the weak pronunciation /bri/ 
Aylesbury, Canterbury, Glastonbury 
Glastonbury is also home to one of Britain's largest annual music festivals. Definitely, a place to visit. 

(cester) 
9. Leicester 
My hometown 
Gloucester, Leicester, Worcester 
Famous Worcestershire sauce rose from the county of Worcestershire. 

10. Reading 
This place name doesn’t sound like the verb ‘reading’. Instead, it’s like the past tense of read with an ‘-ing’ attached: 
Reading 


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