How do you pronounce the name of Estes Park, the town just east of Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park? Is it Es-teez, or Es-tes? I think I may have been pronouncing it wrong all these years. (As if it weren't obvious enough that I was a tourist.)
In return, here's one for foreigners traveling to the Appalachian mountains in the southeast... the third syllable of the word Appalachian is pronounced with a short "a" sound. The long "a" pronounciation possibly refers to a symphony by Aaron Copeland, or maybe an area of Pennsylvania.