Which Australian city name has you most tongue-tied?
Wooloomooloo? It's certainly hard to spell. Canowindra? There's just a few too many letters there. Oodnadatta? Nothing Aussies love more than a few rogue O-sounds! But these don't even make the list, apparently!
Online language tutors at Preply.com have compiled a list of 20 hardest-to-say place names based on frequency of Googling.
Across 300 searches for such terms including 'how to say' and 'ways to pronounce', these are the cities that have travellers most baffled.
Pronounced CANS not KERNS or KENS or whatever else you've heard!
In poll position is Queensland's tropical tourism capital, Cairns. Known for its idyllic beachs, if you're not killed by a croc attack you'll be viciously murdered (figuratively speaking!) by the locals for saying their city name wrong.
It's CANS as in beer cans! The longer the 'aye' sound, the more Aussie you're sounding.
Look, it's a hard one. Number two on the list proves Aussies are laid back to the point we just can't be bothered pronouncing letters that don't need to be there.
It's pronounced PRAN not Pr-ah-ran. Seven letters, one syllable. Why not!
You can instantly spot the person who's not from Melbourne by the way they say its name. Mel-borne? Nup. Mel-ben!
But if you're looking to avoid any suspicion, chop it down even further. You'll fit right in saying just 'Melbs'.
This one trips up travellers, mainlanders, and even the occasional Tasmanian too. It's Lonn-sess-ton. The first and last syllable should rhyme.
There aren't no LAWN in Launceston, sorry. It's three syllables, don't be dropping it to lon-sten or some other abomination. Pronounce all three of those syllables equally.
So, if Launceston is three syllables, than Gloucester, with its equal number of letters must also be three syllables, right? WRONG!
Gloss-ter. Two syllables, ya heathen! Just like the city in England where they roll cheeses down a hill for fun.
Australia's capital city trips up a lot of international travellers, and more than a few domestic visitors.
Can-brah, mate. It's two syllables, the 'E' is pretty much silent! And if you're from Canberra, well, you're a Canberran and in that case, you would pronounce the 'E' - CAN-bear-RAN.
Or, you're Ken Behrens. Cheers to you, Ken Behrens!
Sydney's picturesque inner west suburbs city of Balmain is one of the few on the list that actually is as it's spelt!
BAL-mane. Hit the first syllable as hard as you'd hit Bald Rock Pub on a blistering summer's day in the concrete jungle of Sydney!
A lot of Australia's capital territory is named in honour of its First Nation's population. The Ngunnawal people are the direct descendants of the original occupants of the land now known as Goulburn, Yass, and Canberra.
The word means 'we the people', and it's pronounced NUN-nah-wol, the 'g' is definitely silent.
Aussies may almost forgive you for getting this one wrong, but probably not... There's nothing Aussies love more than a belly laugh at the expense of a well-meaning tourist!
WAWR-ik, pronounce that second 'w' please!
The Brits would say it 'Dar-bee', but we Aussies have to be different. It's as it's spelt, 'DER-bee', bro. Hit the first syllable hard and hold the second for all eternity!
You're welcome, travellers. Now where the bloody hell are ya!