Pronunciations, Los Angeles

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    by gilescorey Updated Jun 9, 2006

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    This is a challenge for any visitor or recent transplant to Los Angeles. Because the city is a mix of Mexican/Spanish and Anglo cultures, the pronunciations of locales, streets, neighborhoods and the like show little rhyme or reason. For example, "La Tijera Blvd" is pronounced true to its Spanish name: "Lah Tee Hair Uh". Whereas, for no reason, "La Cienega Blvd" is not. It's pronounced: "Lah See-en-uh-guh" vs. the "Lah See-uh-nay-gah" one would expect. Get it?

    Here's a few:

    Los Angeles(obvious): "Loss Ann-juh-luss"
    Sepulveda Blvd: Seh-pull-vee-duh
    Los Feliz: Lohs Fee-lezz (accent on second syllable
    Wilshire: will-shurr
    Alhambra: Al-hamm-bra
    Van Nuys: Vann Nies(like "pie")
    Palos Verdes: Palace Vair-days
    Costa Mesa: Coast-ah May-sah

    Make sense? Well, it never will, but this is how the locals say 'em, and there's something to be said for local tradition.

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  • This is how you say it

    by vegasbaby26 Written Oct 13, 2005

    This is how you pronounce some of the places, so you won't seem too touristy especially non-americans

    La Brea -La bray-a
    Cieniega -Cee-en-ee-gah
    Rodeo- Ro-day-o
    Cedars-sinai - See-ders-sigh-nigh
    Chateu Marmont- Shat-au-mar-mon

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