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Geography and Map Reading Room, Library of Congress


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  Guides to Pronunciation

To 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 time.

Click on any of the links below to begin this language exercise.

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!


 
  Lithuanian
   Magyar (Hungarian)

   
Polish
   
Romanian

 

  banner photo: The Geography and Map Reading Room, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

 



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