Say it Like a Local

Sometimes it’s obvious when you’re an outsider. Case in point was my time spent in Seoul. Other times just opening your mouth and saying one or two words gives it all away.

When I moved to St. Louis after college I was already skilled in the local custom of mispronouncing the French names of streets and places. This is because I grew up on the east side of the St. Louis metro area.

Gravois Avenue and my neighborhood called Soulard were place names that I hacked daily. As a resident of Creve Coeur, it continues today.

The tables turned when I moved to Dallas. Early on I amused a few natives with the laughable way I said “San Jacinto.” In Dallas, it’s pronounced “san jah-sinto” if you’re keen on using Anglo Texas English.

Recently I had the opportunity to show my ignorance in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles by calling it by what I thought was a proper Spanish name. I’m told by an informed local that residents call it “los fee lus” which I duly noted.

No matter how you say it, Los Feliz is a great place to spend some time.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.