English words can be really confusing sometimes.
In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names.
This week we’re going to talk about how to pronounce New York as well as its five boroughs.
Here’s a loose transcription of the names as explained in the episode:
- New York: nuw-york [IPA: nu: jɔ:rk]
- Manhattan: m’n-HA-t’n [IPA: mənˈhætən] or m’n-HA-ʔ’n [IPA: mənˈhæʔən]
- Queens: kweenz [IPA: kwiːnz]
- Brooklyn: bruk-lin [IPA: ˈbrʊklɪn]
- The Bronx: thuh-braanks [IPA: ðə brɑːŋks]
- Staten Island: sta-t’n-ai-l’nd [IPA: ˈstætən aɪlənd] or sta-ʔ’n-ai-l’nd [IPA: ˈstæʔən aɪlənd]
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