GUIDE PUTS AC­CENT ON AC­CU­RACY

Windsor Star - - TRAVEL - An­dre Ramshaw, Post­media News

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.

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