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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

Don't take it to heart, Frenchie. You should hear Americans attempt Leicester and Loughborough.

Hoddy
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 Chancer wrote:

Pretty much every time someone says to me "I have been to England, I stayed at.............." I can never fathom the place name from their prononciation unless I have already heard it spoken by a French person, I usually have  to ask them to spell it.

We British aren't all that great though, are we?

Boulogne - Boo-loin

Reims - Reems

Nimes - Neems (even heard that version from a Ryanair pilot!)

Avignon - Aveenyonn (that's the American version)

Dordogne - Doordoyn 

.............. but at least Marseille usually comes out more or less right these days, rather than the old Mar-sails. 


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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 Frenchie wrote:
... The vast majority of British people I know can't pronounce my son's name GUILLAUME  ...  He becomes " gwillem" or something like that...

Gwillym bach cariad Big Smile [:D]


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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 Frenchie wrote:

 FairyNuff wrote:
I agree, it's sometimes quite a puzzle. The one that really winds us up is Michael Shoomarrer! When you ask why, no-one can explain it. FairyNuff PS Daniel Defoe's hero I think?

The French pronounce it in the German way.     CH is " rr" in German.



Since when?  Certainly not when I learnt German.

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

you should try discussing Harry Potter

unless you say   Arrie Pottaire they haven't a clue.


I'm not a geek, I am a technically aware early adopter
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

Guillaume's not to bad....a good friend of mine has a son  called Romain. My then-three-year-old son kept calling him "homard"

Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 FairyNuff wrote:
The one that really winds us up is Michael Shoomarrer!
Better still : Graaam Eeel  Big Smile [:D]
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

We had a friend here called Craig - he said the french just couldn't produce the sound. In english it's just one syllable. And is there a hard "g" sound in french?

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