The Most Commonly Mispronounced Tourist Destinations in the World

One of the most iconic landmarks in Paris took the cake in a new study.

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Traveling and coming across new languages and cultures is surely great, but you know what isn’t? Asking for directions to a popular landmark in a foreign country and realizing you don’t really know how to correctly pronounce its name.

But don’t worry-you are not the only one to have encountered this issue before, and neither am I. Apparently, it’s a pretty common problem to face, and to help out the next anxious traveler, travel platform HawaiianIslands.com聽decided to look at the data and come up with the ultimate list of the most mispronounced tourist destinations.

To come up with the ranking, the site first put together a seed list of the most popular tourist attractions in every country and US state. Then, using Forvo, an online dictionary that helps users learn how to correctly pronounce words, the company looked at how many times each attraction on the list had been searched, and proceeded to rank them on that parameter.

Paris‘聽Champs Elys茅es took first prize. The French landmark had 223,000 people look up how to correctly say its name on Forvo (it’s pronounced shohnz路eh路lee路zeh, by the way), which made it the most mispronounced tourist hotspot in the world. It isn’t surprising, though-the iconic street in Paris is one of the most visited places in the world, counting around 300,000 visitors everyday.

The silver medal went to Casa Batll贸 in Barcelona, Spain. According to Forvo’s library, 128,000 people checked how to correctly say the name of the iconic Antoni Gaud铆-designed house. The next time you’re in Barcelona and want to visit it, make sure to ask locals for directions to caza路bad路yo.

Take a look at the complete ranking of the most mispronounced tourist attractions below:

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To learn which nature spots, museums, and US destinations also were commonly mispronounced, you can read the full study right here.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on聽Instagram,聽TikTok,聽Twitter,聽Facebook,聽Pinterest, and聽YouTube.

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