Top 5 Longest Place Names

This is a true test for your pronunciation skills.Try pronouncing this

‘Taumata-whakatangihanga¬koauau¬o¬tamatea¬turi¬pukakapiki¬maunga¬horo¬nuku¬pokai¬whenua-kitanatahu’. Looks like a jumbled word, doesn’t it? It’s actually a city in New Zealand which has been listed in the Guinness world record as one of the longest place names.

Let’s have a look at the top five longest place names:
1. Taumata¬whakatangihanga¬koauau¬o¬tamatea¬turi¬pukakapiki¬maunga¬horo¬nuku-pokai¬whenua¬kitanatahu
With 85 letters, this city ranks first in the list of longest place names. It stands for “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”. There are other versions to this name which are even longer. With 92 and 105 letters you are surely going to have a tough time!
2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
This village, with 58 letters, has the longest official one-word place name in Wales meaning “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”.
3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamau
This translates to “Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds”. It is the name of lake in Massachusetts. With 45 letters it is believed to be the longest official one-word place name in the United States.
4. Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein
This 44 letter long place is located in South Africa meaning “The spring where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot”.
5. Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä
35 letters long, this is the longest one-word town name in Finland.
Just imagine how long would it take to read the place’s station name! Strange but true. Maybe if you get its pronunciation right, you can win yourself a paid trip to this place (I am not paying for it, of course!).

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