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Old 12-07-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Northern Califonia
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Pronunciations according to the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Louisiana
Locals: luˌiziˈænə
Visitors: lus i ˈɑnə

The problem with pronouncing it in the latter, is that it sounds like "lose" implying that we are losers.

Lafayette
Locals: lɑfiˈet or læfiˈet
Visitors: lɑ faɪ jet

Attempting to pronounce the city's name with French-sounding intonation will definitely mark you as an out of towner.
Furthermore, Lafitte was a French pirate who assisted Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. Lafayette was a military officer during the American Revolution. Two separate people, and two different pronunciations.

Baton Rouge
Locals: bəˈtɑn ruʒ
Visitors bɑˈtɔn rʃ

The same principle applies to Baton Rouge as with Lafayette in attempting to pronounce it with a French-sounding accent.

New Orleans
Locals nu ˈɔrliənz
Visitors nu ɔr linz

Commonly pronounced as the latter in music for rhythmic purposes, but New Orleanians NEVER say it that way. If you are going to come down here and pronounce it as the latter, you will be marked as a tourist just as if you were to walk around the French Quarter wearing Mardi Gras beads out of season.


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Old 12-16-2017, 10:53 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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What's the best way to pronounce "St. Amant"??? I've heard people pronounce it in many different ways I just know the T is silent.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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There are several ways to pronounce it . There is no " best way " , just variations of it .
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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There are several ways to pronounce it . There is no " best way " , just variations of it .
I've heard many people pronounce St. Amant as "San" as in San Francisco or "sahn". Nobody ever says "saint".
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I've heard many people pronounce St. Amant as "San" as in San Francisco or "sahn". Nobody ever says "saint".
I have heard it pronounced that way , believe it or not .
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: +(1360) 896
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Attempting to pronounce the city's name with French-sounding intonation will definitely mark you as an out of towner.
Furthermore, Lafitte was a French pirate who assisted Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. Lafayette was a military officer during the American Revolution. Two separate people, and two different pronunciations.




There's a street somewhere near Portland (Beaverton area?) and everybody, and I do mean everybody, I've heard pronounces it /law faw yet/. Like the stereo equipment. There, pronouncing it /la fay it/ would definitely mark one as an out of towner.

Interesting, the regional differences between the two coasts.


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I've heard many people pronounce St. Amant as "San" as in San Francisco or "sahn". Nobody ever says "saint".





Not even "sint"? Like "/sin'` mahwksis chuhch/" (St. Marks' Church)? "/sin'` frawnsiskouh/".

Well, I guess it must be a Yawkshuh thing.
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