and Research Center
Guides to Pronunciation
the non-native speaker, the proper pronunciation of words in
a foreign language may be a daunting task. Many of us can
remember traveling to a foreign country and trying
unsuccessfully to communicate with others in their native
tongue. At the Museum's Education and Research Center, an
effort has been made to aid those interested in learning the
correct pronunciation of various town and city names, as
spoken by those native to that particular country. These
lists will be augmented and new lists will be added over
Click on any of the links below to begin this language
These pronunciations have been placed within sound clips
(wav files) according to the first letter of the town name.
You will have to listen to each clip from the beginning, but
may be able to pause, go forwards or backwards, or play it
again, depending on your computer's media player. You can
choose to repeat the town name each time after the speaker
says the name.
The particular towns and cities found within each list
have been chosen because their names appear within this
museum's website. Left-click onto the head letters to begin
each clip, e.g. the letter "A" to hear the pronunciation of
the towns beginning with the letter "A." Good luck!
photo: The Geography and Map Reading Room, Library of
Congress, Washington, D.C.
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