The pronunciations listed here are used by the mass media as well as in everyday conversation. It is not meant to MOCK the Spanish language…or in any way belittle people who can speak Spanish with the correct pronunciations. In my case, having grown up on the Central California Coast I learned how to pronounce the Spanish words the way that I heard them spoken on radio and TV, and by my friends at school. I did not learn how to speak Spanish words with the correct pronunciation until I moved to TEXAS many years later.
Here is the correct California pronunciation for cities and streets on the Central California coast.
We will look at the following locations:
pronounced by the LOCALS: eye-la vihs-ta
San Luis Obispo
pronounced San Luihs Obihs-po by the LOCALS
Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, California
pronounced High-gehr-a street
Pronounced by the locals A-vih-la Beach
pronounced by the locals Paso Robels…this is NO JOKE
Next time we will learn to speak these names in proper Spanish