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25 Hard to Pronounce Cities in the USA

Have you experienced that sinking feeling, when you are asking for directions or in a job interview,  and you see a smirk on the face of the person you're talking to? Don't worry, it isn't about your appearance, but most probably the way you pronounced a certain location.

Just when you thought you knew a lot about the United States – maybe you've been visiting or studying there for quite some time – you realize that there are some cities that you are pronouncing incorrectly. This is a common mistake so don't stress yourself too much. However, it will be cool to learn how to say the city names just like a local.

VroomVroomVroom has listed 25 hard to pronounce cities in the USA and their correct pronunciation. We hope you will find this very useful during your next trip to the United States.


#1 Aquebogue, New York

Aquebogue, New York

#2 Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho


#3 Boerne, Texas

Boerne, Texas


#4 Camarillo, California

Camarillo, California


#5 Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa


#6 Helena, Montana

Helena, Montana


#7 Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida


#8 La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California


#9 Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky


#10 Patchogue, New York

Patchogue, New York


#11 Pflugerville, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas


#12 Puyallup, Washington

Puyallup, Washington


#13 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina


#14 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


#15 Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, New York


#16 Sequim, Washington

Sequim, Washington


#17 Skaneateles, New York

Skaneateles, New York


#18 Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington


#19 Terre Haute, Indiana

Terre Haute, Indiana


#20 Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


#21 Van Nuys, California

Van Nuys, California


#22 Versailles, Kentucky

Versailles, Kentucky


#23 Waukesha, Wisconsin

Waukesha, Wisconsin


#24 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


#25 Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

These are just some of the commonly mispronounced cities in the USA, there are other place names in the country that could get your tongue twisted.  Try Shuqualak, Coxsackie, Poquetanuck, and Wachapreague!

So before you roll down the window of your rental car and ask for directions, it is best to learn how to pronounce some of the cities we listed above. Can you think of other cities that are commonly mispronounced? Please share in the comment box below. 

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