Pronunciations, Los Angeles
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
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.
This is how you pronounce some of the places, so you won't seem too touristy especially non-americans
La Brea -La bray-a
Cedars-sinai - See-ders-sigh-nigh
Chateu Marmont- Shat-au-mar-mon