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Saturday 6 October 2018

How the hell do you pronounce Ptuj? Have a go.

Readers of the British newspaper The Daily Mail are notoriously Anglo-centric, finding difficulty with foreign languages, accents and foods.

In September, the newpaper compiled a list of the world’s least pronounceable tourist destinations for British holidaymakers.

Among those listed: Ptuj in Slovenia (below).

The pronunciation is “so phonetically baffling for Brits that 92% of those polled in a survey said it incorrectly”.

This inspired the Ptuj Local Tourism Board to create a new promotional video, which teaches visitors to pronounce the name correctly and at the same time showcases the beauty of the city.

Ptuj, in the north-east of Slovenia, is the oldest city in the country; and to my mind easier to pronounce than Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland or ordering a bottle of wine from South African producer Boukenhoutskloof.

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