This is the right way to pronounce Cannes

Cannes is taking over our social media feeds with the biggest celebrity sightings, the most glamorous fashion and riveting film reviews this season has to offer. And that's to be expected: As one of the biggest film festivals in the entire world, the entire film industry is flocking to the pristine and beachy town in the south of France -- and bringing the most renowned names with them. 

This year's glitzy Hollywood extravaganza has seen a rainbow of PDA, a fainting spell, handsome besties Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio walk the red carpet together, Helen Mirren's new pink hair and Selena Gomez make her (very gorgeous) festival debut. What a week. 

With only three days to go, the 11-day soiree is on its last leg. But with even how acclaimed the festival is, many don't actually know how to pronounce Cannes. In fact, the name is at the heart at some of the biggest celebrity blunders, and it's such a debacle that many of the reports published on the event will probably address the pronunciation somewhere. Don't roll your eyes -- we bet if you actually tried to say it out loud, you'd be wrong. 

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Prettiest dresses at Cannes Film Festival 2019
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Prettiest dresses at Cannes Film Festival 2019
Kendall Jenner attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 2019 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Giambattista Valli. 
Dua Lipa attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 2019 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2019 in Valentino.
Model Karolina Kurkova attends the screening of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" in Etro
Elle Fanning attends The Chopard Trophy event during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Prada.
Coco Rocha attends the screening of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" in Elie Saab. 
Camila Morrone attends the screening of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" in Miu Miu. 
Victoria's Secret Elsa Hosk attends the screening of "A Hidden Life (Une Vie Cachée)" in Etro
Isabelle Huppert attends the screening of "Frankie" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Armani.
Josephine Skriver attends the screening of "La Belle Epoque" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Pamella Roland. 
Pixie Lott attends the screening of "La Belle Epoque" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Yanina Couture. 
Natalia Vodianova attends the screening of "Le Belle Epoque" in Atelier Versace. 
Helen Mirren arrives at the premiere of the film 'The Best Years of a Life' in Elie Saab. 
Priyanka Chopra (L) and US singer Nick Jonas (R) arrive for the screening of the film 'Les Plus Belles Annees d'une Vie'. Priyanka is wearing Georges Hobeika. 
Madison Beer arrives for the screening of the film 'Dolor y Gloria' (Pain and Glory) in Georges Hobeika.
Hailey Clauson attends the screening of "Le Belle Epoque" in Ralph & Russo. 
Bella Hadid attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Dior

Model Liya Kebede attends the screening of 'Pain And Glory' in Valentino

Izabel Goulart attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Zuhair Murad. 
Elle Fanning attends the screening of "Les Miserables" during in Valentino
Eva Longoria attend the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cristina Ottaviano. 
Alessandra Ambrosio attends the screening of "Les Miserables" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Julien Macdonald. 
Priyanka Chopra arrives for the screening of the film "5B" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, in Roberto Cavalli. 
 Eva Longoria poses for photographers at the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' in Alberta Ferretti. 
Araya Hargate attends the screening of "Les Miserables" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Versace
Peechaya Wattanamontree and Eric Miao attend the screening of "Pain And Glory." Peechaya is wearing Ali Karoui. 
Sririta Jensen attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Michael Cinco. 
Singer Li Yuchun attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Gucci
Julianne Moore attends the "Rocketman" Gala Party during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Givenchy
Araya Hargate attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" in Ralph & Russo.
Hofit Golan attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" in Joao Rolo Couture. 
Selena Gomez attends the Gala Dinner during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Louis Vuitton. 
Isabeli Fontana attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Etro
Jing Tian attends the screening of "Les Miserables" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Dior Haute Couture. 
Araya Hargate attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Zuhair Murad. 
Barbara Meier attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" in Ziad Nakad. 
Gong Li attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" in Ralph & Russo. 
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But how do you actually pronounce Cannes? 

So how do you say it without looking like a total fool? We got you covered.

Is it Cans? Cann-es? Cahn? Nope. Apparently, "con" in French is a derogatory word about women-- so let's leave that one out. 

The correct way to say the French town includes dropping, well, basically everything: The "c" in the beginning turns into a "k" and the "s" at the end is silent. Some say that "a" becomes an "e." Effectively, Cannes becomes Ken. Say it with us now. 

For more on this year's film festival, watch the video above.

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Cannes 2019: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray on the red carpet
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Cannes 2019: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray on the red carpet
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Bill Murray and Selena Gomez attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Bill Murray and Selena Gomez attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Bill Murray, Selena Gomez and Luka Sabbat attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Bill Murray and Selena Gomez attends the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Selena Gomez and Bill Murray attend the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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