weekly photo challenge: letters

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Letters, letters, letters!! We couldn’t go past this for the photo challenge this week: containing 37 letters in its Maori name is the village in Rotorua, New Zealand.

We won’t even attempt to pronounce it 🙂

 

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49 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: letters

    24/7 in France said:
    May 10, 2014 at 1:48 am

    That’s quite a mouthful! Merci, too, for visiting my blog.

    Jaspa said:
    May 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    That reminds me of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a village in Wales a couple of hours from where Rich grew up. It’s often called Llanfair PG for short. (And Rich can actually say it!)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Rich can actually say it?? Now that is more impressive than the village name itself!

        Jaspa said:
        May 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        It took a while to get there. He built up to it syllable by syllable!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          May 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

          We are in awe right now! How does one even pronounce this syllable: “pwllgw”?

            Jaspa said:
            May 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

            The ‘w’ sort of sounds like ‘oo’, but the double l is something uniquely Welsh. It’s kind of done on the sides of the tongue, with it pressed against the roof of your mouth… not very helpful, huh?!

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            May 7, 2014 at 6:08 am

            Maybe we got to hear it before we can completely understand it 🙂

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    April 29, 2014 at 2:49 am

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    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    You won this challenge, hands down!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Hehehe – thanks!! What do we win?? 😉

      So have you attempted to pronounce it, yet?

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    Shelley @Travel-Stained said:
    April 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    That is QUITE the mouthful! By the way, do you know the real name of Bangkok? 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 27, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      No… Why?? Is it more of a mouthful? 😉

        Shelley @Travel-Stained said:
        April 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        Lol… just a bit! It’s: Krung-thep-maha-nakorn-boworn-ratana-kosin-mahintar-ayudhya-amaha-dilok-pop-nopa-ratana-rajthani-burirom-udom-rajniwes-mahasat-arn-amorn-pimarn-avatar-satit-sakattiya-visanukam 😀

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          April 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

          For real??? Seriously?? Goodness gracious, how would one fit that on a postcard 😉

    LyndaS said:
    April 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I would love to hear it spoken in the native tongue. I wonder if it can be pronounced without one having to take a breath… 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

      It’s quite amazing hearing it pronounced! But we didn’t attempt it 😉

    Know-All said:
    April 27, 2014 at 2:17 am

    hahaha…and still it is not the longest..I believe the longest named place is one Maori village with 80+ letters! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 27, 2014 at 7:22 am

      For real??? That’s incredible!!!! Wonder if it needs to be said in one breath 😉

        Know-All said:
        May 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        I am practicing under water swimming to see if it can be said in one breath! 😛 😀

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          May 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

          HAHAHA – you brought a huge smile to our faces. Good luck with that 😉
          Let us know how you go!!
          Hope you are well and enjoy your weekend ahead!!

            Know-All said:
            May 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

            😀 Happy weekend to you guys as well! 🙂

    NiinaMaria said:
    April 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’m going to show this to the next person who complains that Finnish words are long and difficult.

    kayrpea61 said:
    April 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Nice one for this challenge. That whole place is a good experience and easy when you remember the ‘WH’ is an ‘F’ sound as pointed out by The Eternal Traveller above

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      It is a great experience there 🙂 we really enjoyed it there! Ok, now with that in mind, let us try pronouncing it again 😉

    ubecute said:
    April 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I read about this place which is a sanctuary of hot water springs that spring out randomly. I read about it long ago in school and always wanted to visit it, but never could thus far. It was a delightful thing to see your post. And yes it is a mouthful!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

      It’s a really fascinating place so glad we were able to visit 🙂 Thanks for swinging by!

        ubecute said:
        April 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        Very impressive! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Jo Bryant said:
    April 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

    been there…a few times

    Albatz Travel Adventures said:
    April 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    And I thought that Wales had the longest names in the world – it looks like New Zealand beats them!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

      LOL – Tanzalongs has just shared with us one for Wales – that is one hell of long one 🙂

    Tanzalongs said:
    April 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Not quite as long as the village name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Anglesey – Wales – unfortunately I have no photo. So yours wins 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

      OMG! Wow – is that for real?? Will have to find out how that is pronounced!!! You must visit and get a photo 🙂

    Anna @ It Started in Asia said:
    April 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I’ve just attempted to say that, thrice. Let’s just say, I’ve gone back to my coffee! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Maybe after a few more coffees 😉 Hope you are enjoying the long weekend 🙂

        Anna @ It Started in Asia said:
        April 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Hahaha, yes that would definitely help! Unfortunately uneventful weekend (I have a rotten cold 😦 ) but it’s Melbourne’s finest weather (not) so indoors is looking good! 🙂 Heat & humidity sounds so much more inviting 🙂

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          April 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

          We have just landed in Melbourne for a wedding! Definitely cold and dreary… Brrrrr!!!

            Anna @ It Started in Asia said:
            April 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm

            Fingers crossed there’s a break in the clouds for you and the bride!

    the eternal traveller said:
    April 26, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I’ve been there too. I loved hearing the Maori man say it.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 6:19 am

      How cool is it when they say it?! We tried once and that was a big FAIL 😉

    sustainabilitea said:
    April 26, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Perhaps we’ll see this when we visit NZ next year. 🙂

    janet

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Oooh – make sure you if you are in Rotorua that you do. It’s a very interesting Hangi vilage 🙂

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