Let's face it, some Montana names are difficult to pronounce. Even some clues on how it's spelled and how it is phonetically written can be a bit of a challenge.

There is a lot of deep, rich history when it comes to some Montana cities and areas. Sometimes it's named after the explorers, sometimes its based on Native American words. But no matter what, these names are challenging to say out loud. 

The question is, can you pronounce these Montana city and area names like a local? Take the quiz and answer below.

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    Butte

    [Byoot]

    Named after mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.

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    Chouteau

    [Show-toe]

    Named after a family of American fur traders.

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    Ekalaka

    [EE'-kah-LACK'-ah]

    Named after a Sioux girl, Ijkalaka, wife of scout David Harrison Russell.

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    Havre

    [Havre _ HAV'-er]

    Named after the city Le Havre in France

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    Helena

    [Hel-uh-nuh]

    Named after Saint, mother of Constantine I.

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    Joliet

    [Joh-lee-et]

    Named after French explorer of the Mississippi, born in Canada.

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    Missoula

    [Mi-zoo-luh]

    Originally named "Hell's Gate"

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    St. Ignatius

    [Seynt] [Ig-ney-shuh s]

    Saint Ignatius Theophorus was bishop of Antioch and Apostolic Father.

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    Teton

    [Tee-ton]

    A river in NW central Montana.

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    Wibaux

    [WEE'-boh]

    Named prominent local cattle rancher, Pierre Wibaux.

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