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2.en.16 Pronunciation: how to understand and pronounce names of places in English. Homework

It is often difficult to know how to pronounce names of places and people in English. Today you discovered that Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau, sound quite differently in English than the way we would pronounce them in Spanish. Dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster give you the pronunciation of countries.


However, there are other tools you can find on line such as “inogolo” where you will be able to type the word and listen to its pronunciation.

Bookmark the site and have it at hand.  It is easy to use and really useful when it comes to names :

Check the pronunciation of Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania, two neighboring countries of Senegal.



Homework : deadline Friday

Now, it is your turn. Use “inogolo” and learn how to pronounce the name of two countries. Once you know, post the names to the blog. If one of your classmates has already posted the name of a country, you cannot repeat it.

In “Inogolo“, you can also find the countries listed in alphabetical order, the ones that are often mispronounced are signaled in red.

2 febrer 2010 - Posted by | deures, lenguas | ,

24 comentaris »

  1. Name: Portugal
    Pronuntation: Portuguel.

    Name: Grece.
    Pronuntation: Gris

    Comentari per andrea199762 | 7 febrer 2010 | Respon

    • Sara seid Grece. I said othe.

      Name: Spain.
      Pronuntation: Espain.

      Comentari per andrea199762 | 7 febrer 2010 | Respon

      • Sorry, “said”.

        Comentari per andrea199762 | 7 febrer 2010

  2. Name:Malawi

    Andorra: an-DOR-uh

    Comentari per 1esoiesramonlull | 5 febrer 2010 | Respon

  3. Name: Bahamas
    Phonetic Pronunciation: bah-HAH-muz

    Name: Chile
    Phonetic Pronunciation: CHEE-leh

    Name: Haiti
    Phonetic Pronunciation: HAY-tee

    Comentari per zandalie | 5 febrer 2010 | Respon

    • Zandalie,
      remember that this morning I told you that you had to learn how to pronounce the name of the country, but it is not necessary to write the names the way they are pronounced. You only had to write: Bahamas Chile and Haiti.
      This way, your classmates will not repeat the same countries. What you must do is listen to the “inogolo” audio files several times, to learn how to pronounce properly.
      You also must look at the situation of your countries in the map.
      Enjoy the weekend.

      Comentari per mloredo | 5 febrer 2010 | Respon

  4. Name: Norway
    Phonetic Pronunciation: NOR-way

    Name: Switzerland
    Phonetic Pronunciation: SWIT-sur-lund

    Name: Finland
    Phonetic Pronunciation: FIN-lend

    Name: Sweden
    Phonetic Pronunciation: SWEE-duhn

    Comentari per jlny7288 | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  5. Name: Egypt
    Phonetic Pronunciation: EE-jihpt
    Name: Ireland
    Phonetic Pronunciation: IRE-luhnd
    Name: China
    Phonetic Pronunciation: CHY-nuh

    Comentari per Pilar | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  6. I searched Africa and the pronuntation is “A-frih-kuh”.
    And i searched Zimbabwe and the pronuntation is “zim-BAHB-way”.

    Comentari per philline | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  7. The country: Greece- The pronunciation: greess
    The country: Japan – The pronunciation: juh-pan
    The country: Ethiopia- The pronunciation: eeth-ee-Oe-pee-uh
    The country: Mexico – The pronunciation: MEHK-sih-koe

    Comentari per sarabouza12 | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  8. Name: Uruguay
    Phonetic Pronunciation: oo-roo-GWY

    Name: Paraguay
    Phonetic Pronunciation: pah-rah-GWY

    Name: Oregon
    Phonetic Pronunciation: OR-ih-guhn

    Name: Haiti
    Phonetic Pronunciation: HAY-tee

    Comentari per Rodrigo Deus | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  9. The one country that I choose is Philippines
    And the sound “phonetic” of pronunciation is FIH-luh-peenz
    And the other country that I choose is Malaysia
    And it sound of Pronunciation is muh-LAY-zhuh

    Comentari per Daryl Jade | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  10. Ecuador: EH-kwa-dor
    Colombia: kuh-LUM-bee-uh

    Comentari per jhoannacorrea | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  11. Argentina: ar-juhn-TEE-nuh.
    Canadá: KAN-nuh-duh.

    Comentari per aina | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  12. I search: Azerbaijan the pronuntation is ´´a-zur-by-JAHN´´.
    And I search: Macedónia is ´´mas-uh-DOE-nyuh´´, and Buenos Aires is BWAY-nuhs-AR-eez.

    Comentari per india16 | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  13. Pronuntiation of Italy (I-te-ly) and have one phonetic: /A/.
    Pronuntiation of Cameroon (Ca-me-ruun).

    Comentari per miguelinramonllull | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  14. The country is Brasil and pronuntation is:BRA-sil.
    The country is Finland and pronuntation is:FIN-lend.

    Comentari per xisco1997 | 4 febrer 2010 | Respon

  15. Belize: belis
    Herzegovina: gerxegovina

    Comentari per juditell | 3 febrer 2010 | Respon

  16. The country is Spain and is like “ss-painn”
    The country is Nigeria and is like “ny-jeer-ee-uh”
    The country is Mali and is like “mah-lee”

    Comentari per peptoni xD | 3 febrer 2010 | Respon

  17. The country is: Afghanistan and is like: (afgenisten)
    The country is: France and is like: (freans)
    The country is: Germany and is like: (gearmanii)

    Comentari per angelblanch | 3 febrer 2010 | Respon

  18. Maria:

    I searched Perú and it’s like Porrú or Purrú de pronuntiationd.
    I searched Barcelona and it’s like Barceulouna.
    I searched Russia and it’s like Rashia

    Comentari per tatidt | 3 febrer 2010 | Respon

  19. Maria the cauntry is:
    The pnunciation is:

    Comentari per pepe1997 | 3 febrer 2010 | Respon

  20. Maria, I understand what you meant when you said we have to do. He is the pronunciation, but do not have to do then, what of:
    “Once you know, post the names to the blog”

    Comentari per mealemany | 2 febrer 2010 | Respon

  21. Thank you Maria. Tomorrow we can collect the names of the countries that people want to know the pronunciation, and one of us can publish. What you think ?

    Comentari per india16 | 2 febrer 2010 | Respon

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