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Phonetic Geography

Translate these place names written in the International Phonetic Alphabet into English.
Quiz by Islandcarver
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Last updated: November 7, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 5, 2021
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Hint
Place
Answer
ˈdɪˈtrɔɪt
City
Detroit
ˈnɔːweɪ
Country
Norway
pɜːrθ
City
Perth
iːθɪˈəʊpɪə
Country
Ethiopia
ˈsiˈætəl
City
Seattle
ˌgwɑːtəˈmɑːlə
Country
Guatemala
beɪˈʤɪŋ
City
Beijing
ˈfɪlɪˌpiːnz
Country
Philippines
ˌbweɪnəs ˈɛəriːz
City
Buenos Aires
ˈnɛðɚləndz
Country
Netherlands
Hint
Place
Answer
ʃɪˈkɑːɡoʊ
City
Chicago
ˌbæŋgləˈdɛʃ
Country
Bangladesh
ˈhjuːstən
City
Houston
ʧɛk rɪˈpʌblɪk
Country
Czech Republic
ˈbræzəˌvɪl
City
Brazzaville
ˈdʒɝmənɪ
Country
Germany
ˈwɔːsɔː
City
Warsaw
jʊərəgwaɪ
Country
Uruguay
bɜːˈlɪn
City
Berlin
ˈaɪvəri kəʊst
Country
Ivory Coast
11 Comments
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Level 68
Nov 1, 2022
Fun quiz! Thanks, got them all. I did a phonetics course many years ago, but I think people could figure these out?
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2022
Yep, I've never learned phoenetics, but I got 14/20 by guessing some and inferring characters' sounds from the guessed ones.
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Level 54
Nov 1, 2022
Fun quiz, nominated. Reminded me how much i hate the way English speaking people say foreign words.
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Level 76
Nov 1, 2022
The standard pronunciation is beɪˈd͡ʒɪŋ. People who say it with the 'French j' try to sound smart but they're wrong
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Level 56
Nov 1, 2022
Is that how you're supposed to pronounce Buenos Aires?? Like Buenos Aries? I've always pronounced it eye-rez. Just goes to show how much I know!
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Level 64
Nov 1, 2022
You're much closer to the actual Spanish pronunciation (especially if you mean a short e in 'rez'). The English pronunciation basically depends on whether you treat it like an English word with that spelling, or whether you do the best approximation of the native pronunciation with English sounds (like "Iran" as /aɪˈɹæn/ or /ɪˈɹɑːn/).
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Level 80
Nov 1, 2022
I agree that what the quiz shows is not how you are supposed to pronounce Buenos Aires. And it is a good question - whether to transcribe some of the names not as English text but as text in another language. Using Spanish generates ˈbwenos ˈajɾes, which is what JonOfKent's says.

Still, the quiz is made to be taken by English speakers and from the perspective of anglophone pronunciation, however much that distorts the native sound of the name. This makes what could be very obvious a bit more challenging, as in the example of bɛrˈliːn

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Level 64
Nov 1, 2022
Fun! The non-rhotic Norway, Berlin, and (especially) Warsaw threw me off for a second.
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2022
Was gonna say, sounds more British
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2022
Beijing is incorrect. The second syllable is a true J sound and not a ZH sound. The phonetic spelling should be like the initial J sound in Germany. I speak Mandarin and I am also an English as a Second Language teacher, so I know the phonetic symbols well. Nice quiz! I got 100%.
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Level 80
Nov 7, 2022
Agreed. Thanks Julejule & PeregrineFalcon!