So you're new to Michigan and maybe you are a little confused. You may have noticed that the natives pronounce the names of cities and towns in this fair state differently than you would have expected. You may have heard of "SuhLEEN", its neighbor "MYlun", "Lake OReeyun" but been unable to find them on a map.
The Michigander dialect has a subtle and unique pronunciation owing to diverse influxes of Northern European immigrants and a smattering of southern transplants. The resulting accent is one part Nasal Chicago, one part Minnesota with a dash of Canadian and a bit of southern twang. Or as Eric Weaver puts it, "The resulting mix is similar to a pirate from Kentucky with a head cold..." Which brings us to Weaver's humorous Michigan Accent Pronunciation Guide. The guide covers everything from speech patterns, to pronunciations unique to Michigan and even has a section on the names of Detroit streets.
From the guide:
Let me tell ya, it is DAMNED cold in Michigan, so you have GOT to conserve energy. Consequently, the right way to speak "Michigin" is to
1. talk fast,
2. slur your words together, and
3. clip all your hard consonants, like "t". Someone smarter than me calls this a "glottal stop".
This guide is a must-read for both natives and anyone who has been confused by their first "Michigan Left."