Saturday, December 11, 2021

Place Names in the United States


Imagine you are visiting the United States. Perhaps you see major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas. Perhaps you see places like Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Central Park.

In terms of pronunciation, there is something common to all of these place names. 
No, I’m not talking about vowels and consonants. I’m talking about word stress – saying a word louder or in a higher pitch. 

In previous pronunciation videos, we explored word stress in terms of phrasal nouns, phrasal verbs, even abbreviations. But there are certain ways that Americans pronounce place names too. 

In general, Americans place more stress on the last word of a place name. 
What would happen if the stress were placed on the first word? It might sound something like this:
  • New York
Such a pronunciation might sound a little unusual or different to an American. 
But how does the place name sound when stress is placed on the last word?  
  • New York
Listen again to some famous American place names. Note how I stress the last word of the name: 
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Central Park
That’s all for today! Keep up the good work! 


USCIS 100:44. What is the capital of your state?*

USCIS 100:64. There were 13 original states. Name three.

USCIS 100:91. Name one U.S. territory.

USCIS 100:92. Name one state that borders Canada.

USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.

USCIS 100:95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*

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