You Ain’t From Around Here, Are Ya?

Texas is rich in cultural diversity. While standard and intuitive pronounciation is often used, mispronouncing colloquial names is a dead give away that you aren’t familiar with the local area.

Want to blend in?

Step 1: Don’t listen to your GPS. It doesn’t know how to speak Texan.
Step 2: Read this list of commonly mispronounced names of Texas places, and practice!

Humble Suburb of North Houston — Locals call it “um-bull”
Mexia City in Texas — Locals call it “muh-hay-uh”
Tuam Street Street in Houston — Locals call it “two-um”
Manchaca Road Street in Austin — Locals call it “man-shack” road
Fuqua Street Street in Houston — Locals call it “few-kway”
Nacogdoches City in Texas — Locals call it “nak-ah-doh-chuss”
Kuykendahl Road Street in Houston — Locals call it “kerr-kun-doll”
Refugio City in Texas — Locals call it “re-fury-oh”
Manor Road Street in Austin — Locals call it “main-er” road
Palacios City in Texas — Locals call it “pah-lay-shus”
Pedernales State Park in Texas — Locals call it “purd-nah-liss”
Elgin City in Texas — Locals call it “el-gun”
Buda City in Texas — Locals call it “byoo-dah”
Bosque County in Texas — Locals call it “boss-key”
Boerne City in Texas — Locals call it “burn-knee”
Waxahachie City in Texas — Locals call it “wox-uh-hatch-ee”
Bowie City in Texas — Locals call it “boo-ee”
New Braunfels City in Texas — Locals call it “new brawn-fulls”
Guadalupe River in Texas — Locals call it the “gwa-dah-loop”
Bexar County in Texas — Locals call it “Bear”
Study Butte City in Texas — Locals call it “stew-dee byoot”
Gruene City in Texas — Locals call it “green”
Burnet City in Texas — Locals call it “burn it”
Nevada City in Texas — Locals call it “nuh-vay-duh”
Balmorhea City in Texas — Locals call it “bal-more-ray”
Pflugerville City in Texas — Locals call it “flu-gur-ville”
Palestine City in Texas — Locals call it “pal-ess-steen”
Waco City in Texas — Locals call it “way-co”
Llano City and County in Texas — Locals call it “lan-oh”
Miami City in Texas — Locals call it “my-am-uh”
Leakey City in Texas — Locals call it “lay-kee”
Iraan City in Texas — Locals call it “ira-ann”
Dumas City in Texas — Locals call it “doo-miss”
Goldthwaite City in Texas — Locals call it “goalth-wait”
Amarillo City in Texas — Locals call it “am-ah-rill-oh”
Marathon City in Texas — Locals call it “mare-uh-thun”
Pecos City in Texas — Locals call it “pay-cuss”
New Berlin City in Texas — Locals call it “new burr-luhn”
Jourdanton City in Texas — Locals call it “jer-den-tuhn”
San Marcos City in Texas — Locals call it “san mar-cuss”
Salado City in Texas — Locals call it “suh-LAY-doe”
Lake Buchanan Lake in Texas — Locals call it “lake Buck-CAN-nun”
Blanco City in Texas — Locals call it “blank-oh”
Agua Duce City in Texas — Locals call it “ah-wuh DEWL-sih”
Quitaque City in Texas — Locals call it “KIT-uh-kway”
Bolivar Community in Texas — Locals call it “BALL-ih-vur”
Natalia City in Texas — Locals call it “Nuh-Tal-yuh”
Knippa Town in Texas — Locals call it “kuh-NIP-uh”
Erath County in Texas — Locals call it “EE-rath”
Luckenback Town in Texas — Locals call it “LEW-kin-bock”
Montague County in Texas — Locals call it “mahn-tayg”
Lorena City in Texas — Locals call it “loh-ree-nuh”
Aquilla City in Texas — Locals call it “uh-KWILL-uh”
Uvalde City and County in Texas — Locals call it “you-vhal-dee”
Tivoli Community in Texas — Locals call it “tih-VO-luh”
Alvarado City in Texas — Locals call it “al-vuh-ray-doe”
Seguin City in Texas — Locals call it “si-GHEEN”
Anahuac City in Texas — Locals call it “AN-uh-wack”
Bedais City in Texas — Locals call it “BEE-dice”
Celina City in Texas — Locals call it “suh-LIE-nuh”
Nocona City in Texas — Locals call it “nuh-COE-nuh”
Marquez City in Texas — Locals call it “mar-KAY”
Latexo City in Texas — Locals call it “luh-TEX-oh”
Lillian Community in Texas — Locals call it “LIL-yun”
Tulia City in Texas — Locals call it “TOOL-yuh”
Jiba Community in Texas — Locals call it “HEE-buh”
Santa Elena Community in Texas — Locals call it “san-tuh LEE-nuh”
Quemado Community in Texas — Locals call it “kuh-MAY-doh”
Cibolo City in Texas — Locals call it “See-o-lo”
Coahoma Town in Texas — Locals call it “kuh-HO-muh”
Muenster City in Texas — Locals call it “MYEWNS-ter”
Carmine City in Texas — Locals call it “kar-MEEN”
Levita Town in Texas — Locals call it “luh-VIE-tuh”
Italy City in Texas — Locals call it “IT-lee”
Lamesa City in Texas — Locals call it “La-MEE-suh”
San Jacinto Street in Houston — Locals call it “San Juh-SIN-toe”
Kamay Town in Texas — Locals call it “KAY-im-ay”
Lancaster City in Texas — Locals call it “LANG-kus-ter”
Plano City in Texas — Locals call it “plane-oh”

For more fun, check out the Texas Almanac Pronounciation Guide. You too can learn to speak Texan and sound like a local no matter where you kick off your boots at night.

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