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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    The rep wasn’t French.
    Ah, that explains it!

    Phonetics aside, quite simply, there's only ONE correct way of pronouncing the word concerned. I'd suggest it'd good to know what's right. Actually, thinking about it further, it could also be a 'De' sound at the beginning, in the same way as the 'de' would be pronounced in de rigueur.

    Hey Mark, some folks 'get off' on graphs and measurements, others are fascinated by linguistics. It certainly makes a change on an audio forum to see evidence of the latter!

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    One of my favourite ever "Clips of the Week" moments from the fantastic Hawksbee and Jacobs Show on talkSPORT is Mick Quinn's attempt to pronounce faux pas

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    when i was in germany, i was told english is the international language and anyone who doesnt speak it isnt worth talking to.... by a german by way
    Lol yeah, but only because that's the 'fashionable' way to think!

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    was nearly 30 years ago, ive just calculated hell, it seems like last year Hamburg was a great place.
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    Some rather insular thinking going on back then.... Think of how many Germans you'd hear speaking English to each other, in your average German town, certainly out in the sticks

    English would be hee-haw used to you there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigger67 View Post
    Where d'you get the "o" sound from ??
    If it's French, it would be "Dev-ee-ah-lay".

    I've never said it out loud but always read it in my mind as a very Anglo "Dee-vee-ah-let"
    Agreed; it's actually a schwa (a phonetic 'non'sound near to 'er' but not stressed) rather than 'o'. There is a symbol for it, but it wouldn't be on the keyboard. Ooh ah !

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    A popular German politician says too many people are speaking English in everyday life in the country.

    Jens Spahn, who some people think could replace current Chancellor Angela Merkel, is the junior finance minister.

    "It drives me up the wall the way waiters in Berlin restaurants only speak English," he told a German newspaper.

    He says Germans are too relaxed on the issue and that it would never happen in Paris.

    Mr Spahn thinks "co-existence can only work in Germany if we all speak German" and wants all immigrants to learn the language.

    its taught at primary school as first foreign language, but yes out in sticks it wont be used much i guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    'Leak' as 'Lee-ack'. Heard that a few times. And 'Sony' pronounced as 'Son-ee'
    Never heard Leak pronounced in any way other than "leak" as in 'water leak'.

    As for Sony:

    Sony
    Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社 Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha), commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Sony Electronics manufacture, inter alia, audio electronics, and Sony Music Entertainment are a recording label. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony

    Its founders, Akito Morita and Masaru Ibuka, derived the name from sonus, the Latin for “sound”, and also from the English slang-word "sonny", since they considered themselves to be "sonny boys", a loan word into Japanese which in the early 1950s connoted smart and presentable young men.

    So "Son-ee", rather than "So-knee".


    Talking of mis-pronounciations, I have a friend who always refers to Naim as "Nam", and SME as "Smee". Mind you, I alway pronounce KEF as "Kef" and not as the individual letters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Ah, that explains it!



    Hey Mark, some folks 'get off' on graphs and measurements, others are fascinated by linguistics. It certainly makes a change on an audio forum to see evidence of the latter!

    Marco [language is his 'thing' - feck yer graphs].
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco;956742

    Marco [Fluent in two, spoken and written, and capable conversationally in another, not including Glaswegian
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    For Glaswegian you'd need to be fluid rather than fluent, I would've thought.

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