How to say: Chester-le-Street
A guide to words and names in the news, from Catherine Sangster of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
"Today's pronunciation is for the English town Chester-le-Street.
"Our recommendation, based on the advice of people who live there as well as published sources, is CHEST-uhr-li-street - the first part rhymes with 'westerly'. Most English placenames with 'le' in them are pronounced in this way, rhyming with 'me' rather than the French-sounding 'luh'."
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