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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 Patf wrote:
And is there a hard "g" sound in french?
In the middle of words, certainly.  And at the end, but spelt gue/s  as in Hugues (well that's the closest example which I use to help my French friends with this - there are probably better ones.)
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

 Patf wrote:
And is there a hard "g" sound in french?

Around Montpellier and towards Marseille there certainly is: bread is "pang", tomorrow is "demang", etc.

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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

I quite enjoy hearing the French rendering of Cillit Bang.

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

 Hoddy wrote:
Don't take it to heart, Frenchie. You should hear Americans attempt Leicester and Loughborough. Hoddy
Or English people tryng to pronounce Kirkcudbright (a town in SW Scotland pronounced as Kircoobree
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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

Donkey Shot, always got me, it literally took me several years to work that one out.

Names, well, some sound better in french like Agnes and Herbert. Some don't. What about this confusion for me, called at a friends and her son was there, who told me his sister had had a daughter and given her an english name. Ee lene. I kept asking him to repeat it and assuring him that it was not 'english' when I asked him to spell it, he said Eileen. Hmmmmmmmm what could I say, I personally prefer the 'french' version.

 

Look at Hugh in french, sounds like someone is shouting out a japanese number as they choke.

 

Add to that all the diminutives in french and it's hard to know what people are called sometimes. I often get called by my diminutive name by french friends.


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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

You mean you aren't all referred to to as 'les anglais'?!?

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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

I am l'Anglois

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Les Anglois ont désormais renoncé à venir occuper les contrées étrangères par la force des armes, ils viennent plutôt par charter et le tunnel sous la Manche, de juin à septembre. Obèses, le visage rougi par la bière et le fish & chips, vêtus de short ridicules et de chemisettes immondes ils débarquent en troupeaux sur les plages de la Méditerranée, braillant comme des gorets qu'on égorge dans ce gargouilli qui leur sert de langue.

Ils passent alors deux semaines à boire, uriner en public et montrer leur fesses boutonneuses aux passants avant d'être renvoyés chez eux.

Contrairement à ce que pensent les Anglois, ce comportement ne les rend pas plus sympathiques."


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Re: French prononciation of English names and places

I have heard it all now, a Frenchman (presumably a man) talking about short ridicules Woot! [:-))]
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