Much like the spelling bee, I will attempt to use each of the landmarks in a sentence in an effort to help.
- Seems easy enough, right? I thought so, too, until I learned that it is pronounced BURN-it, not Bur-NETT. My son has his martial arts classes in Austin on BURN-it Road.
- This is not pronounced "Buddha". Instead, the phonetic pronunciation is BYOO-duh. The Y is not a separate syllable. Instead, it's like a hard Y sound, sort of like the "y" in "yarn". I am headed to BYOO-duh for a barbeque tonight.
- This one has always seemed really easy to me, so I am constantly surprised when I hear someone say "HOO-toe" when it is clearly "HUT-toe", as it appears. My family and I live very close to HUT-toe.
- This is one of the worst offenders around. It would seem to be the Spanish pronunciation - Mahn-CHA-cah, right? Wrong. It is pronounced "MAN-shack", like a seedy bar. MAN-shack is a road in south Austin. It is also the name of a town just south of Austin.
- This town located due east of Austin about 30 minutes is pronounced "ELL-gihn", not "ELL-Jen" like the watch company. ELL-gihn is home to regionally famous "ELL-gihn hot guts" (sausage).
- Try getting used to saying, "KAY-neg", NOT "KOH-nig". KAY-neg Lane has several names, as it is the same road as 290 (to the east), Northland, and 2222 (to the west). Easy, huh?
- This is a common problem for newcomers, as manor is an actual word used elsewhere in the English language. In central Texas, however, this is pronounced "MAY-nur". MAY-nur is located between Austin and ELL-gihn. MAY-nur is also a road near central Austin.
- This is where we have lived for 13 years, and it is named after the Pfluger family. As you might imagine, the P is silent and the rest is pretty much phonetic - FLOO-gur-ville. I enjoy living in FLOO-gur-ville.
- Try "LANN-oh". LANN-oh is on the outskirts of the Austin metro area.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas
- This German-settled town between Austin and San Antonio is home to Schlitterbahn, which is a giant water park and regional summer destination. The primary mistake I see here is people putting an additional "s" after "braun". It is New Braunfels, not New Braunsfels.