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Fruity
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:48:32 PM

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"... They were in Sacramento. They landed in Sacramento ..."
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Do you pronounce "Sacramento" as /sacrameno/?

http://wdme3.dual-d.net/audio2/S/WDEJ_s0000310.wav
Is this the correct pronunciation?
mactoria
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:49:56 PM
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Fruity wrote:
"... They were in Sacramento. They landed in Sacramento ..."
Profile of A Good Shepherd - 1 Peter 5:1-4



Do you pronounce "Sacramento" as /sacrameno/?

http://wdme3.dual-d.net/audio2/S/WDEJ_s0000310.wav
Is this the correct pronunciation?


Fruity: Resident of Central California here. "Sacramento" as in the state capital of California, is pronounced by residents and Californians just as pronounced in the videos, an Americanized pronunciation. The word derives from Mexican-Spanish (which is a dialect that includes both Spanish and Native American words, spellings, and pronunciations differing from Spanish spoken in Spain) and translates to "sacrament." If the word "sacramento" were said by a Mexican-American referring to a religious sacrament instead of the city, it would have a "short a" and an "e" that sounded like "ay" or "ayh."
Shulamit
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:44:11 PM

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Just briefly, Fruity, Sacramento is pronounced WITH the T sounded. I live in California. There is a lot of Spanish in our name places, and many many people are bilingual, Spanish/English. Just local streets here: Divisadero, El Camino Real, El Dorado, Domingo, Del Sur. Yes, pronounce the T.
Professor
Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:32:43 PM

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Pronounce the T and you will be correct. It's like San Antonio, you must pronounce the T.
Fruity
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:02:46 AM

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Thanks a lot for the responses, all.

This man and this woman pronounced Sacramento with the T sound.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:58:57 AM

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Hi Fruity.

Again, this is regional and personal.

The 'correct' pronunciation would be the way the people of Sacramento say it!

In different parts of the USA and Britain you may hear:
Sacramento
Sacremento
Sacrameno
Sacremeno
Sacramenʔo
Sacremenʔo
Sacramendo
Sacremendo

And probably other slight variations.

The ʔ sound is the 'glottal stop' - sort of similar to a 'T', but the back of the back of the mouth closes instead of the tip of the tongue closing on the top of the mouth.
A bit like a 'g' but much much softer - unvoiced.

If you sound the 'T', everyone will understand - and no-one will say you're wrong.
Fruity
Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:55:59 AM

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Thanks a lot for the reply, Drag.

This teacher explains well what a glottal stop is.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 4:41:33 AM

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Thanks Fruity - that is a good explanation.

From what that teacher says, the glottal stop is used in America for a final "T" or "T before a consonant".

So, normally Americans would not say /sækræmenʔoʊ/ or /sækremenʔoʊ/. I guess this must be more common in some British dialects/accents.
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