How to Pronounce 20 British Cities
If you want to visit Britain then you need
to know how to pronounce the places that you are going to go. So today we’re going to look
at how to pronounce twenty British cities. Are you ready to go on a tour around Britain?
Ok, here we go! Before we do, I just want to remind you that I’m teaching you the pronunciation
in my accent which is a London accent. There are many other different accents that might
say these cities differently. I can only teach you with my accent. Alright? So just bear
that in mind. Now as we go through these cities I’d like you to practise with me, ok? So when
I’m saying London. Don’t just sit there going ummm. Because you won’t know how to say it.
You’ll think you are hearing it but when it comes to actually saying it you won’t know
how. So practise with me. If you find a quiet place to do that or if you want to do it on
the tube or the bus or the train, wherever you are. Just say it with me ‘London’. Even
stop the video and say it and then start the video again. So ‘London, London’ stop it,
say it a few times. You could even say it in different ways. You could say it very quickly
‘London, London, London’. You could say it loudly ‘London’. You could say it quietly
‘London, London’. Have fun with your pronunciation otherwise it’s going to be really boring,
ok? Have fun! Alright, here we go. The capital city of England, London, London.
The stress is on the first syllable, London. Not London, London. The beautiful capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Stress is on first syllable, Edinburgh. One more time, Edinburgh. Two famous university cities, Oxford, Oxford.
Cambridge, Cambridge. Again the stress in on the first syllable of both cities. Oxford.
Cambridge. One of the most famous seaside towns in Britain,
Brighton. I’ll say it one more time, Brighton. Now personally with my pronunciation sometimes
I will not say the /t/ sound, I will miss out the /t/. So it sounds like Brighton. This
is a glottalization. So sometimes I’ll say Brighton, sometimes I’ll say Brighton. I guess
I’ll do that in more informal situations, conversational situations where I am quite
relaxed and I’m speaking more informally I’ll probably say Brighton without the /t/ sound.
But if I am trying to be a little bit more formal, maybe I am in class or something like
that I’ll say Brighton. That’s just a personal thing, that doesn’t apply to everyone. But
it’s just good to be aware of different pronunciations of a similar word. So Brighton or Brighton,
you might hear both. A huge city up in the north of England, famous
for football and music, Manchester. Again the stress is on the first syllable, Manchester.
The second biggest city in England, Birmingham. Now I know that the ham there looks like it
should be Birmingham but actually when we have the ham at the end of a place it’s just
‘um. So Birmingham. So three syllables there, Birmingham. The stress is on the first syllable.
Birmingham. Another big famous northern city famous for music like the Beatles, the football
team Liverpool. The pronunciation is Liverpool. The stress is on the first syllable, Liverpool.
A big city in the north east of England, Newcastle. My stress is on the first syllable. Now this
is pronounced very differently locally in Newcastle where they stress the ‘castle’ so
it’s Newcastle. But I’m a southerner, I’m from London so I stress the first syllable,
Newcastle. You can do whatever you want. A really popular city for English language
students to visit is Bournemouth. Not Bournemouth. Like the mouth. It’s Bournemouth. Stress on
the first syllable again Bournemouth. A really popular place to visit for the Roman
baths is Bath. You have the /th/ sound at the end there. Bath. Now I think locally they
might say Bath with a softer a, again my pronunciation is Bath. Very close to Bath in the west of England
is Bristol. Stress on the first syllable, Bristol. Back up in Scotland, we have Glasgow. Stress
on again the first syllable. I’m seeing a pattern here. Glasgow. Again that pronunciation
is different from how they would locally say it. My a there Glasgow is a very southern
a instead of Gla. I think further north they’d say Glasgow but I’m saying Glasgow because
that’s the pronunciation that I have. Glasgow. One of my favourite cities and where I went
to university, Leeds. Nice long /i/ sound there, Leeds. So you really open up the mouth,
Leeds. The capital of Wales, Cardiff. It’s like Car
diff. Cardiff. Stress on the first syllable. Cardiff. A really popular city for tourists to visit
in the north of England is York. Say it one more time, York. Where Robin Hood was originally
from, Nottingham. Again here we have the ham at the end just like we did with Birmingham.
So it’s not Nottingham, it’s Nottingham. So let’s say that one more time ‘Nottingham’
stress on the first syllable. Nottingham. The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast.
Stress again on the first syllable. I think that’s different from how the locals would
say it where they would put the stress on the second syllable but my pronunciation it
goes on the first. So Belfast. Alright I’m including this one because it
causes so many problems and also their football team won the Premier League a few years ago
and there’s a place in London with a similar name. Leicester. Not Leicester. Leicester.
Stress on the first syllable. Leicester. And the last one, Sheffield. Stress on the first
syllable again. Sheffield. Why did I choose these cities. Well, they
are the biggest cities in Britain so that’s the first reason. Secondly these are the ones
that I’ve found tourists and English students visiting the most. So a lot of these cities
have big student populations and universities. Or they are popular with English language
students who want to learn English or they are just famous for being big tourist cities
as well. So those are the kind of main reasons why I chose these twenty cities. There are
of course lots of other cities in Britain that I could have chosen but these are the
ones I think that you are most likely to visit or you are most likely to need to pronounce.