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Old 11-12-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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New to SA - I am wondering why is Huebner road pronounced 'hEEbner' ?

Just curious ...
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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And how would you like to pronounce it?
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Huebner Road was named for Joseph Huebner, a prominent 1800s landowner and rancher in the area where a road now bears his name. Presumably, his surname was pronounced HEEB-ner.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:48 PM
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Huebner Road was named for Joseph Huebner, a prominent 1800s landowner and rancher in the area where a road now bears his name. Presumably, his surname was pronounced HEEB-ner.
The pronunciation has always seemed odd to me, too.

I know of a company named Huebsch that's pronounced "hibss."

Names in other languages sure can be challenging to figure out!
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:51 PM
 
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Is a German name and is really hard to write the phonetic pronunciation. One has to hear it to be able to properly repeat

The German long '' and short '' are two of the hardest vowel sounds for the English speaker to master, as there are no direct equivalents in the English language.

You can hear it here: http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~joyce1/ab...e/vowelue.html
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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Huebner Road was named for Joseph Huebner, a prominent 1800s landowner and rancher in the area where a road now bears his name. Presumably, his surname was pronounced HEEB-ner.


This correct. Of course, if I heard anyone pronounce it Huubner, or anything else, you gotta know they are not from San Antonio!!!
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:04 AM
 
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Nah... we san antonians "gringoized" it. It should be pronounced more like hyoub-ner. Typically the German "" is pronounced more like a long american "u". (not exactly the same, but close) Just like Blanco should actually be pronounced Blanc-oh and we say blank-o.
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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lol oh ya, my ex husband was British, and his dad was a German teacher. When he lived here, he loved to complain about that. Irritated me to no end. Like I said, ex husband. LOL
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:23 AM
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This correct. Of course, if I heard anyone pronounce it Huubner, or anything else, you gotta know they are not from San Antonio!!!
That's how my GPS pronounces it.

It also likes to say Hwerrzbatch Parkway.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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That's how my GPS pronounces it.

It also likes to say Hwerrzbatch Parkway.
LOL. My GPS had a nervous breakdown on Roughrider Road by Roosevelt. I sent it off to Betty Ford (back to the manufacturer) and got a replacement, I am starting to hear a scary tremble in her voice when we get near Walzem...

As a newbie I thought Huebner and Heebner were two different roads until someone explained it had an uncommon pronunciation.
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