How to pronounce New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island

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When it comes to pronouncing names of famous cities, places, and people we usually have a pretty good idea of how to pronounce them accurately.
However, If you listen closely, you may discover that you are pronouncing those words closer to the way you say them in your native tongue, and not how you’d say them in English (since it’s usually the same word).
This is why I made this video (and also because I miss New York)

Here’s what you’re going to learn today:
1. How to pronounce New York (and a common mistake non-native speakers make)
2. How to pronounce Manhattan, and in particular, how to pronounce the end part ‘-tan’ like a local (a sound that is also found in ‘mountain’, ‘Hilton’ and ‘Kitten’)
3. How to pronounce the other boroughs: Brooklyn, The Bronx, QueenZ, and Staten Island.
4. What are my favorite New York songs

Tell us in the comments below what your favorite borough or neighborhood is!

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3 Comments on “How to pronounce New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island”

  1. Why do I hear the ending of Manhattan with an -aan sound now? This is true for other words like mountain and button. Instead of a glottal stop they say aan. Mou -aan, buh-aan. This seems to be a pronunciation of younger people but I hear news reporters using it too. I can’t find anything on the web about this change. Thanks for the great video! Queens is my favorite!

  2. Hi Hadar,

    Thank you very much for your videos. I’ve been watching and improving my pronunciation. I have a problem with pronouncing the word “drone”. I think it sounds like “jone” when I say it 🙁 No matter how many times I listen to the correct pronunciation, there is no improvement. I’d appreciate your help.

    Best regards,

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