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Old 03-06-2017, 08:24 AM
 
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I am a native Floridian and know how to pronounce most of the cities in my state, but I've been having a running argument with a friend (a northerner) who recently purchased a home in DeLeon Springs. So...I need to know from a local - How do you prounouce De Leon??? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Depends... It's in a pretty rural part of Volusia County, so you'll hear it pronounced as "Dee-Lee-Awn." Being that it's named after Ponce De Leon, it should be pronounced as it would be in Spanish.
But locals call it Dee-Lee-Awn, and you'll probably draw lots of puzzled looks if you pronounce it any other way.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:52 AM
 
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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Kissimmee always gives me trouble. I can never remember where the accent goes.

And your friend is a transplant but questioning a native?? What?!?
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:43 AM
 
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I am a native Floridian and know how to pronounce most of the cities in my state, but I've been having a running argument with a friend (a northerner) who recently purchased a home in DeLeon Springs. So...I need to know from a local - How do you prounouce De Leon??? Thanks in advance!
It's how the locals pronounce it that counts. Like Duval street in Key West is not pronounce the same as Robert Duvall. I would say deh lee on, but I would go with the way the locals say it. There is a town near me that is called Punta Gorda, would say puhntah, but they pronounce is punt-ah
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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Maybe I remember my Spanish incorrectly from high school but an e always gets the long a sound.

De Leon is pronounced da(long a sound) le(again long a sound) on(long o sound). Sort of Da La on imagine the long a mark above the a and o since I can't get it to type on here.

Most of the time people I hear just say Dee lee on when they say the word unless they say it with Ponce De Leon. Go figure. Just like a lot of people say git instead of get and pin instead of pen when referring to what we write with. Agin instead of again. tin when referring to the number ten .

I usually put things into google translator when I want to hear foreign words pronounced.

As for Kissimmee. Not Kiss-i-mee like a kiss but Ki sim me with the accent on the sim is the way I was taught to say it by natives in the 1970s.
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:28 AM
 
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It's how the locals pronounce it that counts. Like Duval street in Key West is not pronounce the same as Robert Duvall. I would say deh lee on, but I would go with the way the locals say it. There is a town near me that is called Punta Gorda, would say puhntah, but they pronounce is punt-ah
Punta Gorda is Spanish so Punt-ah would be correct.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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I am a native Floridian and know how to pronounce most of the cities in my state, but I've been having a running argument with a friend (a northerner) who recently purchased a home in DeLeon Springs. So...I need to know from a local - How do you prounouce De Leon??? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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Maybe I remember my Spanish incorrectly from high school but an e always gets the long a sound.

De Leon is pronounced da(long a sound) le(again long a sound) on(long o sound). Sort of Da La on imagine the long a mark above the a and o since I can't get it to type on here.

Most of the time people I hear just say Dee lee on when they say the word unless they say it with Ponce De Leon. Go figure. Just like a lot of people say git instead of get and pin instead of pen when referring to what we write with. Agin instead of again. tin when referring to the number ten .

I usually put things into google translator when I want to hear foreign words pronounced.

As for Kissimmee. Not Kiss-i-mee like a kiss but Ki sim me with the accent on the sim is the way I was taught to say it by natives in the 1970s.
Perfect! Now that I have a visual it will be much easier to remember. Thank you!
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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Sometimes in Florida, you get Spanish names in non-native Spanish speaking areas, and the names are butchered.

There's a road in Charlotte County South of Sarasota named Aqui Esta (Spanish for "Here it is"). The locals pronounce is Ok Wee Est Ah.
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