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Old 09.06.2011, 09:58
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

a friend of ours was married to an Italian ( worse actually - Sicilian ) for years and she said she specially named her kids Julia and James so that her inlaws would have trouble

gulia?
Joooooolia?
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Old 09.06.2011, 10:01
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a friend of ours was married to an Italian ( worse actually - Sicilian ) for years and she said she specially named her kids Julia and James so that her inlaws would have trouble

gulia?
Joooooolia?
Giulia, Gieems

Easy to pronounce (just need to change the spelling)

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Old 09.06.2011, 10:28
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

Can Canadians say 'about' ?

Or have i been watching too much South Park?


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Old 09.06.2011, 10:40
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

This is a silly thread. It's obvious that non-native speakers of any language are likely to have problems with some or many words. Just to mention an example, many of us ausländer make poor usage of German umlauts.
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Old 09.06.2011, 10:54
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This is a silly thread. It's obvious that non-native speakers of any language are likely to have problems with some or many words. Just to mention an example, many of us ausländer make poor usage of German umlauts.
My tandem partner probably wants to scratch her ears out every time I fail to make the correct pronunciation of "ö", "u", and "ü". I usually produce the same awful hybrid noise for all three of them.
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Old 09.06.2011, 11:44
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This is a silly thread. It's obvious that non-native speakers of any language are likely to have problems with some or many words. Just to mention an example, many of us ausländer make poor usage of German umlauts.
Very true.

Our cat's name is Örl but we haven't found any native English speaker that could pronounce its name.
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Old 09.06.2011, 12:06
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Nope, not only Italian speakers.

I have a Swiss-French colleague who spent several years in the US and is inordinately proud of his ability to pronounce "squirrel".
You try saying "écureuil"!
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

I haven't found many Swiss who can say "Mixture". It is pronounced "Mick-ture". Not sure I want them to change - it is pretty cute.

I think some of them chicken out and opt for the more pronounceable "constellation" instead.
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Old 09.06.2011, 13:14
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Can Canadians say 'about' ?

Or have i been watching too much South Park?


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Growing up I actually never really heard a Canadian say Aboot unless it was on TV. I totally didn't get the joke---until I ventured out of the Southern-Ontario Golden Horse-shoe.
Small town Canadian english does have that sound, but almost more in northern American towns
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Old 09.06.2011, 14:14
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Why do they do this?? "v" in German isn't ever pronounced as a "w"(as far as I know), it's more of an "f"...
V and W ?

Look at
- wind
- vineyard
- wine
- walk

and in German look at names (personal ones and company ones) like
DIWISA
Divino

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Old 09.06.2011, 14:20
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

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I haven't found many Swiss who can say "Mixture". It is pronounced "Mick-ture". Not sure I want them to change - it is pretty cute.

I think some of them chicken out and opt for the more pronounceable "constellation" instead.
But Mixer and Mixtur are German words. So that they only have to combine
MIXT-SHER
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Old 09.06.2011, 14:31
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

Mixer makes more sense to me than blender. But that's maybe because we grew up a few kms near Ost Deutchland.
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

Why can English speakers never pronounce Flanellläppchen correctly?
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Old 09.06.2011, 14:44
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Re: Is it only Italian speakers who cannot say "Earl"?

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V and W ?

Look at
- wind
- vineyard
- wine
- walk

and in German look at names (personal ones and company ones) like
DIWISA
Divino

Quite correct.
And my Swiss German husband had a penchant for "Wodka" and "Vimmen".......
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