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Old 21.02.2011, 22:53
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In fairness, the French pronounce London as "Londres."
and in actual English "Champagne" ought to be pronounced "Fizzy Wine"
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:06
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Hum..... Which part of Canada? The good part or the bad part?

Obviously we know the good part is the french side...
Do you speak about THIS one here



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Old 21.02.2011, 23:10
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Back on topic please (wtf, am I becoming a mod now? )..anyhoo, something that bothers me is the way the say steak on the German side...*Steeeek* .
That's the mild side. But ever thought what a "Biftegg" is ? for English speakers possibly an egg but in reality a "beef-steak"
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:14
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I know someone who worked for the Zurich travel agents, Globetrotter. They, and apparently the rest of the employees there are convinced their company is pronounced 'Globby-trotter'.

Are they wrong? After all, the German electrical appliance manufacturer Braun has advertised themselves on UK TV as 'Brawn', when we all know of course that this pronounced 'Brown'.

Who's right? More important, who cares??
Well, I have been in contact at times with the Globetrotter Travel Agency, and it rather sounded "glaub-trotter".
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:16
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Why is it teak but steak?
Why is "jail" and "gaol" the same thing in meaning and pronounciation ? but goal quite different ? And how come that Euston and Houston are spoken the same way ?
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:21
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

Did somebody study old english at top high level postgraduate? There must be some historical explanations. I just remember that breaking /ea/ does not platalize the occlusive. There must be tons of cryptical rules - even it that does not explain it all.
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:22
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My history is a bit rusty, is that before or after the Alamo?
AND ! Before AND after 1836
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Old 21.02.2011, 23:39
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

The one that really gets me is 'genRE' - hilarious.
I really think it is a bit rich for some of the Brits here to take the Mick of the Swiss pronunciation of English. You cheeky ****s
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Old 22.02.2011, 07:44
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Why is "jail" and "gaol" the same thing in meaning and pronounciation ? but goal quite different ? And how come that Euston and Houston are spoken the same way ?
They are?
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Old 22.02.2011, 08:48
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They are?
That's what I thought. Houston has an aspirated "H" whereas Euston, well, doesn't have an "H" at all. It's more like "Hooston" and "Yewston".

Only the francophones would say Houston as "Ouston", much the same way my daughter gets called "Annah", where her name is Hannah.
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Old 22.02.2011, 08:59
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Nope, we say Frites! In the US they call it French Fries.
no, in the US of A they are called "freedom fries" ... one free dead terrorist with every order.




























( feeling that yes, perhaps I have gone too far finally... oh well )

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Old 22.02.2011, 09:01
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( feeling that yes, perhaps I have gone too far finally... oh well
You went too far a long, long time ago...just sayin'
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Old 22.02.2011, 09:31
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That's what I thought. Houston has an aspirated "H" whereas Euston, well, doesn't have an "H" at all. It's more like "Hooston" and "Yewston".

Only the francophones would say Houston as "Ouston", much the same way my daughter gets called "Annah", where her name is Hannah.
Reminds me of a drunken night at Kareoke - when a french colleague sang Lional Richie "Hello".
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Old 22.02.2011, 09:39
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

Ask a french man to say Oats! then ask him to say hello
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Well excuse me for existing, but I presumed the United States of America referred to those States of the Americas that got together, punished the native American Indians, fought with the Mexican Americans and so called their land the united states because the other states werent united. Or am I missing something here
Is there actually a point to all this? The 13 original British colonies declared independence in 1776. The Mexican American war occurred later.
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Ask a french man to say Oats! then ask him to say hello
Now that is good!
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Old 22.02.2011, 14:57
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Ask a french man to say Oats! then ask him to say hello
Avoine bonjour?

I don't follow...
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

oh dear
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Old 22.02.2011, 16:19
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Yes, that would be it. So why did the Germans have to change the pronunciation?
Why wouldn't they...it's been translated to their language, so all the kids will pronounce it the way they see it written, pretty normal. My name is never ever pronounced the correct way here. Not a single time

I think I am gona call home just to hear it pronounced the regular way..

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Did somebody study old english at top high level postgraduate? There must be some historical explanations. I just remember that breaking /ea/ does not platalize the occlusive. There must be tons of cryptical rules - even it that does not explain it all.
Actually, none of the phonetic changes were haphazard, and, interestingly enough, a lot of them happened in more than one family of languages..Anything that looks like an exception in some language has a reason behind it. The "exceptions" are just used to simlify explanations to language students.

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Ask a french man to say Oats! then ask him to say hello
Yeah. Make them say I hate to eat ham. The hate/ate, hill/ill, angry/hungry, heating/eating/hating and so are fun.
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Re: Why do the Swiss say Humer (who mer) instead of Homer?

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Huh? Nike, the goddess, is spelt Nike in English, hence the name of the brand.

I don't know where you get that accent from.
Based on my misguided reliance on Wikipedia. I would agree with you that Nike the goddess is spelled "Nike" in english. In case you want to see the link again here it is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_(mythology)

In case you want to hear a pronounciation with which I agree with on how to pronounce the brand "Nike" please see: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?wor...&submit=Submit

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But your assertion is wrong because Swiss people are actually saying Nike correctly, unlike many Americans who mispronounce it. Which is why I find it amusing that you find it amusing...
Fine thats your opinion and as long as we both can be amused and agree to disagree thats fine by me. By the way, this topic has been discussed at length by another english forum. (please see: http://www.englishforums.com/English...bngjg/Post.htm) They even made the topic into its own thread. DB may be we can agree on the fact that we have better things to do with our time than make a whole thread out of this topic.

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