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Old 08-20-2019, 02:38 PM
 
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Oh the things I have heard while travelling other places! One of my favorites is a town in Virginia named Buena Vista. There, that is Boona Vista. If you pronounce it any other way, they know you are a "foreigner".
Huntsville Alabama is pronounced "Huntsvul"
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:40 PM
 
Location: "Silicon Valley" (part of San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA)
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Technically, in Spanish, "San Jose" would be prounced "Sawn-Hoe-Zay", but everyone who grew up there says "San uh zay" or "San Hoe Zay". Like in the song "Do you know the way to San Jose?", the way she says it in that song is the common way you'll hear it pronounced in San Jose, even among Mexican-Americans.
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:34 PM
 
Location: NC But Soon, The Desert
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Oh the things I have heard while travelling other places! One of my favorites is a town in Virginia named Buena Vista. There, that is Boona Vista. If you pronounce it any other way, they know you are a "foreigner".
There's a wealthy neighborhood in my city called Buena Vista because of a main road there. It's always been pronounced 'Bewna' Vista. I now say 'Bwayna Veesta'.
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:43 PM
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Location: Northern California
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One of the main streets in N Calif's East Bay is San Pablo Avenue.
That should be easy to pronounce, hmm? "san pah-blow."

But no. To my constant irritation, most locals pronounce it "san pabb low."
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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Huntsville Alabama is pronounced "Huntsvul"
Nashville people say "Nashvul'.
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Old 08-29-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Shallow alcove hidden from the telescreen
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Another coastal area down south, I'm reminded of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Of course, most Californians know that those are supposed to be pronounced "Ka-brío" and "San Peh-dro." Not according to locals. They'll often insist on "KabriLLo" (hard "L"s) and "San Peed-row."

Going up the coast to Lompoc, the pronunciation is "Lahmpoke" and not "Lahmpak."
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Old 08-31-2019, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Anaheim
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Technically, in Spanish, "San Jose" would be prounced "Sawn-Hoe-Zay", but everyone who grew up there says "San uh zay" or "San Hoe Zay". Like in the song "Do you know the way to San Jose?", the way she says it in that song is the common way you'll hear it pronounced in San Jose, even among Mexican-Americans.
NERD dude:


It's Sawn Hoe SAY (not pronounced like a 'z'). The "Z" sound in Spanish is but a variant of the "S" sound (the only difference between the two being in the voicing, "z" being voiced) and only occurs in certain sound environments. The stress is also on the end of the phrase.


The linguistics major in me is now satisfied.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:47 AM
 
Location: CA
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Not according to locals. They'll often insist on "KabriLLo" (hard "L"s) and "San Peed-row."

San Pedro has always been one that baffled me. It seems to be pronounced San Peedrow by everyone, even friends with whom Spanish is their first language. I say it with the Latin pronunciation (OK a little Gringoized) and have had people correct me saying, "Oh, you mean San Peedrow?" No big deal, I just find it amusing. Hey, I lived in Central Texas for a few years, I have heard EVERYTHING butchered. Can you say Jahlapeena?
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:12 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Not according to locals. They'll often insist on "KabriLLo" (hard "L"s) and...
What's next? Pronouncing La Jolla as "La JAL-la"?
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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Well, my late sister lived in Cam-mah-REE-yo for many years, and when I was a kid she took me shopping in Ven-TOUR-rah. When she was younger, she lived in San PEED-dro. Then when we were both adults, she visited me and I took her to dinner in La HOY-yah. Now, I’m looking into relocating to PRESS-kit, Arizona.
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