How to pronounce Newark & New York
At least once a week, someone asks me how to pronounce the cities Newark and New York.
Many non native speakers say these cities in a way that’s confusing to the native listener. However, saying them clearly is VERY easy if you know the rules.
☆ Rule #1 ☆
New YORK is stressed on the second word. Don’t emphasize New! Emphasize YORK.
This will be true with most two word place names: New YORK, New JERZEY, South CAROLINA, Las VEGAS.
☆ Rule #2 ☆
Newark is stressed on the first syllable, NEWwark. Emphasize NEW, not wark.
This will be true with most compound nouns: LOUISville, PITTSburgh, GREENville, NORfolk.
You can listen to NEWwark & New YORK here.
Remember these rules
Rule #1~Stress place names with two words on the second word.
Rule #2~Stress compound nouns (place names or other) on the first syllable.
Help Americans understand you!
Americans will understand you when you stress the correct word in two word place names.
If you stress the wrong word, we’ll struggle to understand you. ☹
How to pronounce US cities & states
US city and state names are challenging to say correctly.
That’s why I’ve created a short course for called How to Pronounce US Cities & States.
In this short course you’ll learn to say all 50 states and 50 popular US cities the way Americans say them.
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About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.