There is no Cow in Moscow
How do you pronounce Moscow?
What is the correct pronunciation of the word “Moscow”?
Yes, it’s time to address the cow in the room.
Of course, the Russian word for Moscow is not Moscow! It is Moskva (Москва).
Much like many other cities and nations around the world (Finland/Suomi, Hungary/Magyar, Albania/Shqipëri, etc.) the rest of the world seems to have made up its own name, rather than using the name of the locals.
But not so fast! The reason the rest of the world calls Moskva “Moscow” is because that’s actually pretty close to what it used to be called some centuries ago. And although the Russian capital city’s name evolved for itself over time, the rest of the world decided to stay traditional- although we have modernized ourselves to the point of calling the river running through the city the Moskva River.
But the question here is what is the correct pronunciation of the word “Moscow”.
And there is a right way and a wrong way.
And it’s not this confusing and somewhat amusing tutorial from YouTube. I mean the dude sounds a bit irritated during this 10-second video that the rest of the world is pronouncing it differently.:
What we are talking about is the correct pronunciation of the English word for Moscow, Russia’s capital city.
The easy rule of thumb to remember when pronouncing this word is that “there is no cow in Moscow”.
When people put a cow in Moscow, I normally stand and nod and smile like this lady:
Yes, I am saying there is a right and wrong way of pronouncing Moscow. And the correct way to pronounce Moscow is to take the cow out of it: “Mahskoh”.
And to help you remember, enjoy some timelapse scenes from one of the world’s most vibrant urban centers, with a soundtrack that, if you listen carefully, features both the correct Russian version of the city’s name (female voice), and the English version (male voice). The repetition of both language versions will help you remember! Enjoy and happy correct pronunciation to all, regardless of language!