Great Land of Alaska

Pronunciation Guide

Many of these names are not English in origin so the pronunciation shown may not be the true pronunciation. Some of the sounds required to say the word properly are not present in English so the pronunciations provided here are the closest I can come with English sounds. The shown pronunciation for some words may not be the truely correct pronunciation but is the one that is generally accepted.

The following table shows how the letters in the given pronunciation should be pronounced:

ALike 'a' in 'hat' BLike 'b' in 'ball' RLike 'r' in 'run'
AHLike 'o' in 'hot' DLike 'd' in 'dog' SLike 's' in 'sit'
AYLike 'a' in 'cake' FLike 'f' in 'fall' TLike 't' in 'to'
ELike 'e' in 'bed' GLike 'g' in 'good' VLike 'v' in 'very'
EELike 'ee' in 'feet' HLike 'h' in 'hat' WLike 'w' in 'win'
ILike 'i' in 'big' JLike 'j' in 'jar' YLike 'y' in 'yes'
OLike 'o' in 'cold' KLike 'k' in 'kick' ZLike 'z' in 'zoo'
OOLike 'oo' in 'food' LLike 'l' in 'land' CHLike 'ch' in 'chair
ULike 'u' in 'put' MLike 'm' in 'me' NGLike 'ng' in 'sing'
UHLike 'u' in 'fun' NLike 'n' in 'no' SHLike 'sh' in 'ship'
IELike 'y' in 'my' PLike 'p' in 'pan'   

Click on a word to hear its pronunciation (WAV format):

Word/namePronunciation
Alaskauh-LAS-kuh
AleutAL-ee-oot
Aleutianuh-LOO-shin
Alyeskaal-YES-kuh
AthabascanA-thuh-BAS-kin
Aurorauh-RO-ruh
BeaufortBO-frt
BeringBER-eeng
ChenaCHEE-nuh
Chinookshi-NUK
ChitinaCHIT-nuh (common)
CHI-ti-nuh (uncommon)
ChukchiCHUHK-chee
ChugachCHOO-gach
ChugiakCHOO-gee-ak
CohoCO-ho
Cordovacor-DO-vuh
Denalide-NA-lee
DimondDIE-muhnd
DiomedeDIE-uh-meed
Eklutnaee-KLOOT-nuh
Glennallenglen-AL-in
HainesHAYNZ
HomerHO-mr
Iliamnail-ee-AHM-nuh
Iñupiaq (Inupiaq)ee-NYOOP-ee-ak
Iñupiat (Inupiat)ee-NYOOP-ee-at
JuneauJOO-no
KachemakKA-che-mak
KakeKAYK
Kalifornsky or
Kalifonsky
kal-i-FORN-skee
Kashwitnaka-SHWIT-nuh
Kasilofkuh-SEE-lahf
KatmaiKAT-mie
KenaiKEE-nie
KetchikanKECH-i-kan
KnikK-NIK
KodiakKO-dee-ak
KotzebueKAHT-zi-byoo
KuskokwimKUHS-ko-kwim
Matanuskamat-uh-NOO-skuh
Mat-SuMAT-SOO
Nenanani-NA-nuh
Nikiskini-KIS-kee
Ninilchikni-NIL-chik
NomeNOM
PtarmiganTAHR-muh-gin
QiviutKIV-veeoot
RichterRIK-tr
SalmonSA-muhn
Seldoviasel-DO-vee-uh
SewardSOO-rd
SitkaSIT-kuh
SkilakSKEE-lak
SockeyeSAHK-ie
Soldotnasol-DAHT-nuh
Spenardspi-NAHRD
Susitnasoo-SIT-nuh
Talkeetnatal-KEET-nuh
TananaTA-ni-nah
TokTOK
TurnagainTRN-uh-gin
UnalakleetYOO-nuh-luh-kleet
Valdezval-DEEZ
Wasillawah-SI-luh
WrangellRANG-guhl
YakutatYA-koo-tat
YukonYOO-kahn
Yup'ikYOOP-pik

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