A visit to London would not be complete without
a trip on the London Underground, locally known as the Tube. So today, i’m going to
show you how to pronounce twenty Tube stations just like a local. All that is coming right
up. Hello Eat Sleep Dreamers, how’s it going?
For anyone that is new round here, my name is Tom and I teach fresh modern British English
so that you can take your English to the next level and achieve your life goals. Now today,
we are looking at how to pronounce twenty London Underground tube stations and why are
we doing that? Because you guys have asked for it. You’ve sent me so many messages asking
for this lesson and I get it guys. I get it. British place names are sometimes totally
confusing. I get it guys, don’t worry. I absolutely understand and London Underground tube stations
are equally difficult to pronounce and that’s why I’m here to guide you through these names
so that the next time you come to London you can say them just like a local. Ok, maybe not that local but you know what I mean. Now before we start I want to mention two things.
Firstly, I’m going to teach you how to say these words in my accent. Now my accent is
a London accent. There are other accents out there that probably say these words differently
or certainly with a variation. This is my accent i can only teach you how I pronounce
these words. Secondly I’ve chosen these twenty words for two simple reasons. They are the
ones that cause visitors most problems and also they are the ones that visitors go to
most. Now I could teach you how to say Theydon Bois, but you are never going to go there
so why would you need to know how to say it? So these twenty stations are the ones that
I think you’ll probably visit when you come to London and you’ll need to pronounce properly.
Alright, that’s all said, that’s all done, let’s get on with number one. Alright let’s get this one done straight away.
Leicester Square. It’s a really popular tourist destination and it’s really commonly mispronounced.The
real pronunciation is Leicester Square. Number two, Tottenham Court Road. This is
a station at one end of Oxford Street which is one of the main shopping streets in London.
Now Tottenham is a tricky word because it has a lot of syllables but actually we don’t
pronounce many of them. It’s Tottenham. The stress is on the first syllable. Tottenham
Court Road. Now at the end of that word, ham, you’ve got ham. You’ll see this in a lot of
British place names. I think traditionally it means like farm or village and there are
a lot of London place names that have ham at the end of it. Now the pronunciation there,
it’s not Tottenham, it’s Tottenham and that ham is ‘um. We pronounce it as ‘um so another
tube station is Clapham and it’s not Clap-ham, it’s Clapham. So whenever you see the ham
at the end of a British place name you’ll know how to say it. Just like the main city
Birmingham. It’s not Birming-ham, it’s Birmingham. Alright so one more time, Tottenham Court
Road. Another popular shopping area Piccadilly Circus.
The stress there is on the third syllable, Piccadilly Circus. Now before you go there
and think there’s going to be a circus there, you’ll be disappointed. Because circus is
another word for roundabout so it just means the kind of traffic system that is there but
Piccadilly circus, sadly there are no circuses but there are plenty of shops and fun things
to do. And in fact let’s go to another circus, Oxford Circus. It’s in the middle of Oxford
street and it’s basically the centre of London’s shopping. It’s the place you want to go, if
you want to buy clothes, this is the place to go. Oxford Circus. Now when you arrive
into London you might fly into Heathrow airport so let’s pronounce Heathrow together. Heathrow.Now
if you separate it, it sounds like ‘he throw’ so if you just put it together Heathrow. The
stress is on the second syllable there. So where are you flying from? I’m flying from
Heathrow. Now let’s look at some of the train stations that you might go into. So we’ve
got Euston. It’s a tricky one that one. The pronunciation is very different from the spelling
Euston. Euston station. And then we’ve got a classic one here Marylebone. Now this one
is mispronounced so often. I see it as Mary Le Bone that’s the classic mispronunciation
which I like. I quite like saying Mary Le Bone I think that’s almost a better version
than the real one but the real pronunciation Marylebone. So three sounds there Marylebone
station. Next one we’ve got Paddington. Famous for the bear, Paddington bear it’s also a
very important station. Paddington. So it’s not Paddington, it’s Paddington. Alright this station is in the West End, it’s
quite near a lot of the theatres and musicals that you might visit. Holborn. Now it looks
more complicated than it actually is, it’s actually two very simple sounds, Holborn.
Then you just put the stress on the first syllable Holborn. I’m going to Holborn. Alright,
Holborn. If you are going to one of London’s famous
musicals then you might also go to Covent Garden tube station. Covent Garden. I don’t
really pronounce that t very much so it’s not Covent Garden, it’s Covent Garden. World famous for being the beginning and end
of time, it’s Greenwich. Now this is often mispronounced as Green Which but it’s not,
it’s Greenwich. Two sounds Greenwich. Three of London’s biggest museums are located
in South Kensington. You’ve got the Natural History Museum, The V&A and the Science Museum
and they are all in South Kensington.So I think we should learn how to say that. So
Kensington, the stress is on the first syllable Kensington. Now rather helpfully locals actually
just say South Ken. You don’t even need to say Kensington, you can just say I’m going
to South Ken’ and they will know what you are talking about. How wonderful is that?
So let’s all go to South Ken. This station is on the south side of the river
and it’s located next to MI6 which features in one of the James Bond films. Now the way
to pronounce this is Vauxhall. So two sounds Vauxhall. Stress is on the first syllable,
Vauxhall station. Possibly the world’s most famous shop Harrods is located in Knightsbridge.
So if you want to visit Harrods you’ll probably go to Knightsbridge station. So let’s say
that together Knightsbridge. So the stress is on the first syllable there Knightsbridge. One of London’s most popular markets is Borough
market and it’s located in the area of Borough. So there is a station called Borough. Now
the pronunciation is different from the way it’s spelled so it’s actually much easier
to say than it looks. So it’s two sounds Borough, stress is on the first syllable Borough. Although
actually if you are going to Borough Market your best bet is to go to London Bridge station
because it is literally right there so go to London Bridge it’s probably a much easier
walk. If you visiting the river Thames and particularly
the London Eye you might well go to Embankment station. Three sounds Embankment. Now the
t at the end there, the t, you should probably pronounce it Embankment, in reality when I’m
saying it I’ll drop that t, Embankment. I’m going to Embankment. I’ll see you at Embankment.
The stress is on the second syllable Embankment. Now the clue of the location is in the name.
An Embankment is a bank of earth that stops river flooding so it’s up against the river
to stop it from flooding so Embankment is next to the river. Embankment. Sometimes English
makes sense. Just south of the river and really centrally
located is Southwark. Not South Walk, Southwark. If you love shopping you will also want to
go to London’s biggest shopping centre Westfield. Now there are two Westfields one is in Stratford
and the other one is in Shepherd’s Bush. So let’s get that pronunciation again Shepherd’s
Bush. Let’s finish this off with two more major train stations the first one Waterloo,
the stress there is on the last syllable Waterloo. Ok and finally Kings Cross St Pancras. This
was made famous by Harry Potter, he used to get his train from Kings Cross. So we have
Kings Cross and then St Pancras. Now it’s one tube station Kings Cross St Pancras but
when you get out at Kings Cross St Pancras there are two different main line train stations.
You’ve got Kings Cross which goes up north and you’ve got St Pancras which you can get
the Eurostar and go to Paris or Brussels or wherever. So it’s a pretty busy train station
to go to. Kings Cross St Pancras. Alright Eat Sleep Dreamer how was that? I’d love to
know in the comments below which one do you find the hardest to say? So write that in
the comments below and write down any other train stations that you’d like me to pronounce.
I can do a part two maybe to this video, so let me know which tube stations would you
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