The Pronunciation Challenge – the Longest Names

Pronunciation challenges don’t just come in the form of specially created tongue twisters. There are names around the world that are everyday challenges for all the people who use them, whether it is the first name, city name or the train station. Visit these with us and see some of the longest names in the world.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Island of Anglesey in Wales


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Pablo Picasso full name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso


A waxwork of Pablo Picasso on display at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Photo: Shutterstock

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in USA


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Full name of Bangkok – Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit and is translated as: The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.


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Tamatea, New Zealand – official form: Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu“, which translates into English as “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.


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Los Angeles, California. The original name was: El Rio De Nuestra Senora Reina De Los Angeles De La Poricuncula, California.


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