Speaking and pronunciation of English words is the most difficult part for people learning English as a second language to do well. One of the most commonly mispronounced groups of words in English is countries, regions and cities. Very often the end of of the name of a country etc... is pronounced differently to how it is written.

For example, for countries or places which end in 'land' (e.g. England, Poland etc...), 'land' is actually pronounced 'lund'.

In the below pronunciation exercise, there are 16 countries, regions and cities which many non-native speakers of English say incorrectly.

This exercise is for British English pronunciation.

Click here to do an online pronunciation exercise on 'the most commonly mispronounced English words'.


Countries, regions & cities pronunciation exercise:

For each question in this online pronunciation exercise, first listen to the word by playing the question's audio player. Then say the word you hear. After this, spell the word in the text box and press the 'Check' button.

After you have spelt the word correctly, a 'speaking test' for the word will appear (a text box and 'Record' button) to check your pronunciation. Press the 'Record' button and say the word. To do this on a computer, you need to have a microphone connected to your computer.

The speaking test only works on the Google Chrome browser (but not on iPads, iPhones or iPods). So I recommend you use this browser to do this pronunciation exercise on.



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Now say the word you heard and then write it in the text box below and press 'Check'.

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