AirTalk for May 9, 2013

Is there a 're-Latin-ization' of 'lohz AHN-hell-uhz' place names? (Poll)

Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles skyline. How do you pronounce the names of local neighborhoods, landmarks, and streets?

Newbies and tourists in Los Angeles easily betray themselves when they spit out the Spanish pronunciation of what we know as San Pedro (san PEE-droh) or Los Feliz (los FEE-liz). Resident Angelenos anglicized those locales so long ago that native Spanish speakers get corrected for saying "sahn PAY-dro" or "lohz fay-LEES." But that could be changing.

As Marisa (mah-REE-sah) Gerber of the LA Times writes, "A younger generation — perhaps more sensitive to the region's history — favors truer Spanish pronunciation. L.A.'s growing Latino population helps propel the new pronunciations, too."

Have you noticed a trend? What's your prefered style? How do you pronounce Hermosa Beach? What about Cesar E. Chavez Avenue or the Chavez Ravine?

Guest:

Marisa Gerber, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times


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