One syllable capital cities


Below is a list of the eight world, state, and provincial capital cities whose name when pronounced in English is comprise of just one syllable. Any additions and/or cirrections are welcome. 

  • Bern(e), Switzerland
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • Nuuk, Greenland
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Pierre (pronounced Peer), South Dakota
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome, Italy
  • Seoul, South Korea
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1 Response to One syllable capital cities

  1. I’d have omitted Pierre and Seoul. The “peer” is just an uneducated mispronunciation of the French name by local hicks. The rest of the USA has no obligation to follow this mispronunciation. Americans who know how to pronounce French especially don’t have to kowtow to it.
    As for Seoul, that’s tougher. I read someplace years ago that the correct Korean pronunciation has 2 syllables. I think anglophones should hear this more often; broadcast journalists should utter it correctly. [Maybe after that they’ll go back to pronouncing “Hyundai” correctly]. I wouldn’t say “Seoul” with 1 syllable is the “English” way. It’s just incorrect.

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