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Old 05-06-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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For newcomers, navigating the loopy street patterns in New Orleans is a lot more fun with a voice GPS. For locals, too, voice GPS's can be pretty fun -- conventional pronunciations in robot-speak can be amusingly off in this most unconventional city. Given the diversity here even folks who live on the same block can vary their pronunciation, but for the benefit of newcomers with no clue here are some oft-mispronounced street names with the way locals (by and large and more or less) say them and the conventional-GPS-robot-speak after the forward slash.

Audubon AW duh bin / aw doo BON
Baronne buh ROHN / BA ron
Belle Chasse bel chays / bel shas
Burgundy bur GUN dee / BUR gun dee
Burthe byoot / BUHR thee
Cadiz KAY dis / ka DEEZ
Calliope KA lee ohp / kuh LY uh pee
Carondelet kuh RON duh let / kah ron deh LAY
Chartres CHAR turz / SHAR truhz
Chef Menteur shef men TUHR / shef MEN tuhr
Conti KAWN ty / kawn TEE
Delachaise DEH luh chays / deh luh SHEHZ
Dorgenois DOR jin wah / dor gen OYZ
Dryades dry yadz / dry aydz
Dufossat duh FAW sit / doo foh SAT
Dupre DOO pray / doo PREE
Eleonore eh LEE yon or / EH len or
Esplanade ESS plin ayd / ess plan AHD
Fontainebleau FOWN tin bloo / fawn tan BLOH
Fortier FOR chay / for tee AY
Foucher FU shur / FOW chuhr
Freret fuh RET / FREH ret
Gentilly jen TIL lee / jen til LEE
Gravier GRAV yuhr / GRAY vee uhr
Iberville EYE buhr vil / IB uhr vil
Jena JEH nuh / JEE nuh
Joliet JAWL yet / joh lee ET
Kerlerec KEL uh rik / kuhr LEH rek
Lafayette LA fi YET / lah fah YET
Leonidas lee AHN dis / lee oh NY duhs
Marigny MEH rin ni / Ma RIG nee
Mazant MAY zant / mah ZANT
Melpomene MEL puh meen / mel PAW muh nee
Milan MY lin / mee LAHN
Millaudon mil LAW din / MIL law dawn
Mirabeau MI ruh boo / mi RAH boh
Miro MEE roh / MY roh
Orleans or LEENZ/ OR lee uhnz
Pauger PAW guhr / PAW juhr
Peniston PEN is tuhn / ehem...
Perrier PEH ree yuhr / peh ree YAY
Pontchartrain PON chah trayn / pon CHAR trayn
Prieur PREE uhr / PRY uhr
Prytania pri TAN yuh / pry tan EE yah
Rendon REN din / ren DON
Salcedo sal SEE doh / SAL seh DOH
St. Anthony saynt ANT nee / saynt AN thuh nee
St. Roch saynt RAWK / saynt ROHCH
Tchoupitoulas chaw pi TOO lis / ???
Thalia THAY lyuh / THA lee uh
Toulouse TOO loos / too LOOS
Villere VIL uh ree / vil LEHR

Last edited by Aiten; 05-06-2010 at 10:37 AM.. Reason: added
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Best post ever lol. Me and a friend from out of town argued the pronounciation of Leonidas for at least 30 minutes the other day.
I thint that you should have added BE-invil though.

Last edited by WestbankNOLA; 05-06-2010 at 10:53 AM..
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Killer post!

A year too late for me lol, I was down there last year talking about Ma-rig-nee this and Ma-rig-nee that. Had a damn fine time tho'
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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This is an extremely helpful thread! After I learned the local pronunciations of Burgundy and Chartres I really started to wonder about the others! This will take practice. It's almost instinctive to try pronouncing many of these in a "French" accent.
Aiten, if you ever visit Long Island, I'll help you out with the pronunciations of the Native American-named towns.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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And yet I've read (in various materials) that LEENZ or Or lee uhnz is NOT the way to pronounce the city name itself. This true?

I always pronounced it New Or Leenz, anyway, because to me it sounds the best.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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And yet I've read (in various materials) that LEENZ or Or lee uhnz is NOT the way to pronounce the city name itself. This true?

I always pronounced it New Or Leenz, anyway, because to me it sounds the best.

I say New Or-lin-z, but fast like all one word Neworlinz.

But I was raised in Iowa and then Chicago, so what do I know.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Locally it's more like Nu'Wawlins or New Orlinz
If it's Orleans by itself (like Orleans Parish for example) it becomes or-LEENZ.
Officialy it is supposed to be New or-LEE-ans. (this how it's pronounced on the news, etc.)
It's NEVER Nawlins
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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It's NEVER Nawlins
Glad to read that. I always thought 'Nawlins' had to sound fakey from an outsider. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:46 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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It's NEVER Nawlins
Can you post that over at that corporate owned tourist forum? If I have to see someone post "N'Awlins" one more time, I'm going to pull my hair out. That, and they're not "trolleys" they're "streetcars." LOL!

All in fun, really. Great thread!
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:45 PM
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Location: Louisiana
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It's NEVER Nawlins
The other one that I can't stand is the Big Easy.
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