In Wales, the mispronunciation of our place names seems to be a common occurrence.
From property programmes to TV news reports, at times the Welsh language cannot escape from the clutches of mispronunciations.
And it seems that Google can also be added on that list. The search engine’s pronunciation tool is telling users how to pronounce Welsh place names wrongly.
The company’s search page is available in 149 languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Welsh.
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However, it seems that the search engine’s tool offers an Anglicised pronunciation of Welsh place names, which is incorrect.
The search engine, for example, pronounces the Pen Llyn village of Abersoch as ‘a-buh-sok’.
A simple Google search shows an array of incorrect pronunciation, including Abersoch being mispronounced as ‘a-buh-sok’.
Here are other mispronunciations that caught our attention.
According to Google, the Conwy market town which is home to I’m a Celebrity for the second year running is pronlunced as ‘a-buh-geh-lee’.
However, the correct pronunciation is ‘a-ber-gel-eh’.
The Llyn village is pronounced as ‘aber-soch’ rather than Google’s ‘a-buh-sok’. The latter part of the correct pronunciation should sound similar to the Scottish ‘loch’.
‘Am-luhk’ as suggested by Google is incorrect. The Anglesey town should be pronounced as ‘am-looch’.
The Conwy village…