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French Phrases: US states and place names in French

The follow list shows how to say which US state you come from, or how to say that a particular city is in a given state. A few major US cities are included in rare cases where they have a special French name or pronunciation, or to contrast the use of the article with state names with the absence of article in the city name.

j'habite...ʒabitI live...
la ville de X se trouve...la vildəiks sətʁuvthe city of X is...
dans l'Alaskadɑ̃ lalaskain Alaska
dans l'Arizonadɑ̃ laʁizonain Arizona
à Bostona bɔstõin Boston
en Californieɑ̃ kalifɔʁniin California
en Caroline du Nordɑ̃ kaʁɔlindynɔʁin North Carolina
en Caroline du Sudɑ̃ kaʁɔlindysydin South Carolina
au Coloradoo koloʁadoin Colorado
au Connecticuto kɔnɛktikœtin Connecticut
au Dakota du nordo dakotadynoʁin North Dakota
au Dakota du sudo dakotadysydin South Dakota
au Delawareo dəlawɛʁin Delaware
en Florideɑ̃ flɔʁidin Florida
en Géorgieɑ̃ ʒeɔʁʒiin Georgia
en Hawaïɑ̃ nawajin Hawaii
dans l'Illinoisdɑ̃ lilinwain Illinois
dans l'Indianadɑ̃ læ̃djanain Indiana
dans l'Iowadɑ̃ lajowain Iowa
en Louisianeɑ̃ lwizjanin Louisiana
dans le Marylanddɑ̃l maʁilɑ̃din Maryland
au Massachussetso masaʃysɛtsin Massachussets
au Michigano miʃigɑ̃in Michigan
au Minnesotao minesotain Minnesota
au Mississippio misisipiin Mississippi
au Missourio misuʁiin Missouri
au Nevadao nevadain Nevada
dans le New Jerseydɑ̃ lə njudʒɛʁzein New Jersey
à New Yorka njujɔʁkin (the city of) New York
dans l'État de New Yorkdɑ̃ letad njujɔʁkin (the state of) New York
au Nouveau-Mexiqueo nuvomɛksikin New Mexico
dans l'Ohiodɑ̃ lojoin Ohio
en Pennsylvanieɑ̃ pɛnsilvaniin Pennsylvania
à Philadelphiea filadɛlfiin Philadelphia
dans le Rhode Islanddɑ̃l ʁɔdajlɑ̃din Rhode Island
au Texaso tɛksasin Texas
dans l'Utahdɑ̃ lytain Utah
en Virginieɑ̃ viʁʒiniin Virginia
en Virginie de l'ouestɑ̃ viʁʒinidəlwɛstin West Virginia
au Washingtono wɔʃiŋtɔnin Washington (state)
à Washingtona wɔʃiŋtɔnin Washington (DC)
au Wisconsino wiskɔnsinin Wisconsin
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As a rule of thumb, state names ending in -ia have French names ending in -ie and are feminine; other states generally do not have a special French name and are masculine. Note the use of articles, which is largely similar to the use with country names: en is used with feminine state names, au with masculine state names, and dans l' with masculine state names beginning with a vowel.


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