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Episode #126

How to pronounce New York City Boroughs

00:09:03 minutes long
audio file size: 12.9 mb

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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2 Responses

  1. Hi Hadar,

    Thank you so much for this useful podcast.
    In the same way, can you show me how to pronounce some common given names like Peter, Ashley, Cynthia, Benjamin, Rachel, Zachary, etc.
    Have a nice day.

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