Washington State is extremely rich in Tribal culture and many of our names for cities, counties, lakes, rivers and mountains have Native American origins.

Have fun using this little pronunciation guide to learn how to speak like a true Washington native starting with the oft-mispronounced name of our state!

Just click it to say it, Washington.

Asotin
Bingen
Camas
Cathlamet
Chehalis
Chewelah
Chimacum
Colville
Dosewalips
Entiat
Enumclaw
Ephrata
Harrah
Ilwaco
Ione
Issaquah
Kahlotus
Kalaloch
Kalama
Kennewick
Kittitas
Lilliwaup
Lummi Island
Manastash
Mattawa
Mazama
Metaline
Methow
Moclips
Montesano
Mukilteo
Naches
Nespelem
Nisqually
Nooksack
Ohanapecosh
Okanogan
Palouse
Peshastin
Poulsbo
Puyallup
Quileute
Quinault
Sammamish
Selah
Semiahmoo
Sequim
Skagit
Skykomish
Snohomish
Snoqualmie
Spokane
Squaxin
Stehekin
Steilacoom
Stillaguamish
Sumas
Suquamish
Swinomish
Tacoma
Tekoa
Tenino
Tieton
Tonasket
Toppenish
Tukwila
Tulalip
Wahkiakum
Wapato
Washington
Washougal
Washtucna
Wenatchee
Whatcom
Yacolt
Yakima
Zillah