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Old 07-29-2019, 12:55 AM
 
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What percentage of people pronounce "Ventura" like: vent-tura. And what percentage say: Ven-chura?

The popular America hit song "Ventura Highway" from 1972 pronounces it 'Ven-chura' Does this drive locals crazy mad??

I just gotta know!!
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:27 AM
 
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The Anglicized pronunciation is 'Ven-chura' and the Spanish pronunciation is 'Ven-tura'. Truth be told, even the pronunciation of the 't' sound is still Anglicized, but it's closer to the Spanish pronunciation than the one with the "ch" sound.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:23 AM
 
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What a coincidence. I was teasing my 96 year old mom about this last night (she's originally from Buffalo NY but moved to the SFV in 1958). She's always pronounced it Venchura while everyone I've ever known in California (notice I didn't write "Cali") pronounces it Ven Tour ah.
But for fun, I use these pronunciations: "sal man" (salmon) and cam are ril lo (Camarillo).
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:09 AM
 
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What percentage of people pronounce "Ventura" like: vent-tura. And what percentage say: Ven-chura?

The popular America hit song "Ventura Highway" from 1972 pronounces it 'Ven-chura' Does this drive locals crazy mad??

I just gotta know!!
It is funny but I use both. Depends on if in casual conversation or more business oriented.
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Old 07-29-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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Nobody really cares how it's pronounced. Being up-tight like that is a total East Coast thing.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:54 AM
 
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Thirty-three years local. Venchura. Please don’t! Nails on a chalkboard. And while we’re at it, Cali. Double nails on a chalkboard.

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Old 07-31-2019, 05:56 AM
 
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Raised in so cal. Definitely Ven-TURRuh
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Raised in so cal. Definitely Ven-TURRuh
Ditto. And lived in the county for over twenty years. Never heard it pronounced the other way.

Now the wife...she always pronounced that one city, "Cam-uh-ree-show". South Americans, (she is Uruguayan), have a totally different way in how they pronounce the Castilian "double-L" letter.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:42 PM
 
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... lived in the county for over twenty years. Never heard it pronounced the other way.
I do hear "Ven-chura," but mostly from people outside of the area. It grates on me because the correct pronunciation is so beautiful, "Ven-tur-a." I've pointed out to people to try annunciating the full Spanish name, "San Buenaventura". Nowhere in there do you hear a CH sound.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:34 AM
 
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I do hear "Ven-chura," but mostly from people outside of the area. It grates on me because the correct pronunciation is so beautiful, "Ven-tur-a." I've pointed out to people to try annunciating the full Spanish name, "San Buenaventura". Nowhere in there do you hear a CH sound.
Amen! Born in Ventura in 1951. Growing up, Venchura is something I only heard occasionally from relatives who lived far away. I still love to hear people trying to pronounce Camarillo, but how about Ojai or Matilja? That is always a kick. With many things here pronounced somewhat closer to the true language, I have often wondered why everyone refers to Isla Vista as eye-la vista, with neither word correctly pronounced. Years ago I was in a Southern Arizona town that had a community with that same name. When I referred to it the way I had always heard it, I was met with belly laughs. I was corrected and told that it is pronounced Eesla Veesta. That would agree with a couple of years of Spanish classes I took, but I have never heard anyone here pronounce it that way. I also spent some time in Central Texas...don't get me started on the way things were pronounced there!
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