American English Pronunciation Lesson: U.S. States and Cities

The following recordings will guide you through American English pronunciations of U.S. states and cities. You can listen to the phrases directly on our website or download them for later playback on any standard MP3 compatible device. Listen, repeat, and practice!


Alabama | AL
Alabama is a southern U.S. state. Alabama.

Alaska | AK
Alaska is the largest U.S. state, but one of the least populated. Alaska.

Arizona | AZ
Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon. Arizona.

Arkansas | AR
The capital of Arkansas is the city of Little Rock. Arkansas.

California | CA
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento are cities in California. California.

Colorado | CO
Colorado is home to the Rocky Mountains. Denver is the capital of Colorado.

Connecticut | CT
The second “c” in Connecticut is not pronounced. Connecticut.

Delaware | DE
Delaware was the first State to sign the U.S. Constitution. Delaware.

Florida | FL
Miami and Jacksonville are major cities located in the state of Florida. Florida.

Georgia | GA
Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia. Georgia.

Hawaii | HI
Many people vacation on the island of Hawaii. Hawaii.

Idaho | ID
Idaho is famous for its potato farms. Idaho.

Illinois | IL
Coming soon.

Indiana | IN
Indiana is a Midwestern U.S. State. Indiana.

Iowa | IA
Iowa is home to many corn farms. Iowa.

Kansas | KS
Tornadoes are common in Kansas. Kansas.

Kentucky | KY
Kentucky is home to many horse farms. Kentucky.

Louisiana | LA
Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France. Louisiana.

Maine | ME
Maine is the largest state in New England, a northeast U.S. region. Maine.

Maryland | MD
Coming soon.

Massachusetts | MA
Coming soon.

Michigan | MI
Many cars are manufactured in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan.

Minnesota | MN
St. Paul and Minneapolis are the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Minnesota.

Mississippi | MS
Mississippi is a State and the name of the largest U.S. River. Mississippi.

Missouri | MO
Coming soon.

Montana | MT
Montana is one of the largest U.S. States. Montana.

Nebraska | NE
Nebraska is a leading agriculture state. Nebraska.

Nevada | NV
Coming soon.

New Hampshire | NH
Many residents of New Hampshire enjoy snow skiing. New Hampshire.
[audio: Hampshire.mp3]

New Jersey | NJ
There is more to New Jersey than Jersey Shore. New Jersey.
[audio: Jersey.mp3]

New Mexico | NM
New Mexico is a beautiful Southwestern State. New Mexico.
[audio: Mexico.mp3]

New York | NY
Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, which is in the State of New York. New York.
[audio: York.mp3]

North Carolina | NC
Charlotte is a city in North Carolina. North Carolina.
[audio: Carolina.mp3]

North Dakota | ND
South Dakota | SD
North and South Dakota are both U.S. States. North Dakota, South Dakota.
[audio: South Dakota.mp3]

Ohio | OH
Ohio is a Midwestern U.S. State. Ohio.

Oklahoma | OK
Like many places in the U.S., Oklahoma gets its name from Native Americans. Oklahoma.

Oregon | OR
Coming soon.

Pennsylvania | PA
Coming soon.

Rhode Island | RI
Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. State. Rhode Island.
[audio: Island.mp3]

South Carolina | SC
Coastal cities in South Carolina are sometimes hit by hurricanes. South Carolina.
[audio: Carolina.mp3]

Tennessee | TN
Memphis is a city in western Tennessee. Tennessee.

Texas | TX
Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio are all cities in Texas. Texas is big.

Utah | UT
Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah.

Vermont | VT
Vermont is a major producer of Maple Syrup. Vermont.

Virginia | VA
Arlington is a city in Virginia. Virginia.

Washington | WA
Washington is a northwestern State, but Washington D.C. is a federal district on the east coast. Washington.

West Virginia | WV
West Virginia has a large coal mining industry. West Virginia.
[audio: Virginia.mp3]

Wisconsin | WI
Coming soon.

Wyoming | WY
Wyoming is large, but it is the least populated U.S. State. Wyoming.


To download this U.S. States and Cities pronunciation guide for playback on any MP3 compatible device, simply right click and “save link as” or “save target as” — Coming Soon.

  • John Doe
    Posted at 16:14h, 20 June Reply

    This is a great resource! Are you currently working on the remaining sound files (Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, etc.)?

    It’ll be terrific when you have audio for all 50 states.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • raghu
    Posted at 15:29h, 14 September Reply

    Great wok!!

  • Star-Tariray
    Posted at 00:21h, 19 October Reply

    Love this site. Very helpful. Hope you also got US cities as well. Good Job! Keep it up!!!

  • Jonee Ross Genotiva Acedilla
    Posted at 07:54h, 03 January Reply

    thank you so much! This is a big help for me. Thanks a lot! Please fill in the other states with their capital cities and how you pronounce the capital cities as well.thanks!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 22:28h, 04 January Reply

    WOW, brilliant work, excellent resource for pronunciation and listening. I used it for a group of Adult ESL group. Amazing, thank you and good luck in all your efforts looking forward for the ones you are yet to load.

    Good luck

  • Jegan
    Posted at 15:30h, 04 June Reply

    Really helpful….thanks,gud wrk…:-)

  • Alex
    Posted at 14:13h, 13 December Reply

    Thank you. Waiting for the mp3 for all states to download.

  • Geeta
    Posted at 06:08h, 21 July Reply

    This pronunciation of american states is great. Have you got one for all the cities that I can access?

    • Editor, ALTA Language Services' Beyond Words Blog
      Posted at 11:25h, 22 July Reply

      Unfortunately, we don’t have a more extensive pronunciation lesson online yet. We’re working on one, and it should be posted in the coming months. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  • leizel donggon
    Posted at 00:06h, 11 May Reply

    thank you for this.. it helps me alot. 🙂

  • Ronald Deho
    Posted at 12:07h, 24 November Reply

    Great staffs
    Great job. Thanks lot 🙂

  • harry
    Posted at 11:56h, 29 April Reply

    well done good source of pronunciation

  • Kate
    Posted at 05:39h, 26 August Reply

    It is helpful. Thank you.

  • rajesh
    Posted at 11:24h, 06 September Reply

    too helpful

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