it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same
I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life
For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw
Don’t get me started on American state names.
I didn’t know how to properly pronounce Massachusetts until I heardthis song.
And is it Jo-seMI-tti or JO-semi-tih for Yosemite?
Yosemite is pronounced as it is spelled. Remember many of these names are based on the original Native languages. Don’t be rude.
That’s an honest to god question. When I was over there, I heard both versions spoken - by Natives and other Americans. Besides: Not everyone on here is a first-language English speaker. When you see the name “Köln” or “Düsseldorf”, you’ll probably have no idea how they are pronounced because “as it is spelled” is not always the same way something is spoken - especially when you come from a foreign language.
Again: Honest question. No harm intended.
I believe it’s Yo-SEM-eh-tee.
Which is a totally valid question. Come to Alaska and look at some Native American (Athabascan) placenames. We have two rivers: Tanana and Nenana, but they’re pronounced rather differently.
If anything a native placename makes it more difficult to understand how to say something until you get an ephemeral idea of how the language works through those placenames. I still mispronounce some in Alaska, but just check out a few for example: Atqasuk, Nuiqsut, Igiugig, Egegik, Toksook Bay, Koliganek, the list could go on…