Many state names are difficult to pronounce and spell. Some were originally Native-American words. Others are Spanish words whose pronunciation has been anglicized. Note that “Arkansas” is pronounced “Ar-K’n-SAW” and the final “s” in “Illinois” is not pronounced. “Missouri” is sometimes pronounced “Mizz-oo-RAH” and sometimes pronounced “Mizz-oo-REE.”
* The District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., is not a state, but the area where congress, the Supreme Court, the White House and the headquarters of many federal agencies are located. There is also a beautiful state named Washington, which is all the way across the country from Washington, D.C. Listen to the names of all 50 states, plus “the District of Columbia” pronounced as Americans pronounce them.