Adeshina Emmanuel

You’ve been saying your holiday destinations all wrong! The hardest tourist spots to pronounce revealed – and the toughest are Slovenia’s Ptuj and EyjafjallajA?kull in Iceland

A?You say Put-ooj, I say P-too-ee: The city of Ptuj has been revealed as the world's hardest city for British holidaymakers to pronounceA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A? A?A? Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited You say Put-ooj, I say P-too-ee: The city of Ptuj has been revealed as the world’s hardest city for British holidaymakers to pronounce a screenshot of a video game: This map shows the full top 15 hardest-to-say cities, which has entries from Mexico to South Africa via WalesA?A?A?A?A?A?A? A?A? A? Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This map shows the full top 15 hardest-to-say cities, which has entries from Mexico to South Africa via Wales The city of Ptuj has been revealed as the world’s hardest city for British holidaymakers to pronounce.

In a survey that looked at the toughest-to-pronounce tourist destinations on the planet, the picturesque Slovenian city, pronounced P-too-ee, was mispronounced by 92 per cent of those polled.

The landmark that stumped the most people, meanwhile, was the Icelandic volcano EyjafjallajA?kull (Ay-uh-fyat-luh-yoe-kuutl-uh) a?? which 98 per cent failed to pronounce correctly.

After Ptuj, the rest of the top 15 most difficult-to-say cities list is made up of Guimaraes in Portugal (second, 88 per cent), Rijeka in Croatia (third, 84 per cent), Skopje in Macedonia (fourth, 80 per cent), Oaxaca in Mexico (fifth, 76 per cent), Sitges in Spain (sixth, 72 per cent), Bloemfontein in South Africa (seventh, 65 per cent), Ljubljana in Slovenia (eighth, 61 per cent), Gstaad in Switzerland (ninth, 55 per cent), Taormina in Italy (tenth, 48 per cent), Llanelli in Wales (11th, 46 per cent), Wroclaw in Poland (12th, 44 per cent), Lesotho in South Africa (13th, 41 per cent), Tijuana in Mexico (14th, 37 per cent) and Taipei in Taiwan (15th, 33 per cent).

And after the Icelandic volcano, the top 10 most difficult-to-say famous landmarks list comprises Chao Phraya River (second, 74 per cent), Park GA?ell (third, 68 per cent), Khaosan Road (fourth, 57 per cent), Burj Khalifa (fifth, 55 per cent), Sagrada Familia (sixth, 53 per cent), Machu Picchu (seventh, 48 per cent), Arc de Triomphe (eighth, 45 per cent), Louvre (ninth, 37 per cent) and the Eiffel Tower (10th 35 per cent).


1. Ptuj – P-too-ee

2. Guimaraes – Gi-mareiz

3. Rijeka – Re-yeh-kah

4. Skopje – Skohp-ee-ay

5. Oaxaca – Waa-haa-kuh

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6. Sitges – Seet-chehs

7. Bloemfontein – Bloom-fun-tayne

8. Ljubljana a?? Loob-lee-yah-nah

9. Gstaad – Shtahd

10. Taormina – Ta-or-mina

11. Llanelli – La-neth-lee

12. Wroclaw – Vrot-slav

13. Lesotho – Luh- soo-too

14. Tijuana – Ti-waa-nuh

15. Taipei – Ty-pay

It turns out that the Greek language is the hardest for Brits to master, closely followed by Slovene, Swedish, Dutch and Croatian.

Problematic pronunciation continued amongst international foods, with the French classic bourguignon (bur-gen-yon) found to be the hardest, followed by prosciutto (pro-shoot-toe) and quinoa (keen-wah).

Forty two per cent, meanwhile, admitted to struggling at tourist information centres abroad due to mispronunciations.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director at Bolsover Cruise Club, commented on the findings: ‘Mastering the national language when heading abroad is always a great way to impress the locals, however, it seems many of us don’t always get it right!

‘With languages in South-Eastern and Central Europe catching people out the most, this study reveals the irony that so many people can’t pronounce some of the most popular cities and landmarks to visit, no matter how close to home.

‘It was interesting to discover Greek topped the list as the most difficult language for tourists to speak, however that shouldn’t deter would-be travellers.

‘Trying to speak the local dialect will always contribute to cultural immersion, and with foreign language education declining in England, it’s important that holiday-goers do continue to make the effort when they head abroad.’

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