GUIDE PUTS ACCENT ON ACCURACY
Tongue-tied riders on London’s underground Tube network now have an online tool to help them pronounce tricky station names. Stops like Leicester Square, Vauxhall and Southwark have long bedevilled tourists to the British capital.
But now “accent coach” Luke Nicholson, who founded his own language school, has launched a website aimed at helping transit users sound more like a local and less like a punchline.
He told the Evening Standard: “There were no resources out there to tell people how to pronounce these names. Most dictionaries don’t list them because they are place names.”
Visitors to the website will hear a recording of the 29-year-old reading out every Tube station — it took him three years — and offering helpful tips for pronunciation.