how to speak new york

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Learn How to Speak New York with This Fun New Web Tool

By Diane Pham, Tue, December 2, 2014

WNYC How to Speak New York

Kosciuszko? Joralemon? Schermerhorn? If seeing these words leaves you red-faced and scratching your head, you can finally breathe easy knowing you’ll no longer have to mumble “Shemer-hhhhherzz” into the phone when trying to give directions to your buddy. Popular radio heads such as NPR’s Brian Lehrer, Amy Eddings of  “All Things Considered” and news host Richard Hake lend their voices to a brand new WNYC-developed web app designed to teach even the most seasoned New Yorker how to pronounce all those mind-bending names marking our streets. Bonus: Learn how to pronounce “George Pataki.”

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