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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:20 am 
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I say "hoy-sin." Actually, I just said it out loud, and I'm saying "hoy-zin".....not sure why I'm saying it with a z sound.... But I've never been sure how to say it either, so that could totally be the wrong way to say it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:26 am 
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"hoy-sin"

"coo-pon"

"root" (vs "r-ow-te)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:58 am 
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If I can't pronounce it, I won't order it. I hate myself.


There's always just pointing at the menu...

That doesn't work at Starbucks. Too much on the menu.

I think I've generally said "rue-ee-bose," and again, they look at me funny EVERY SINGLE TIME. So "roy-boss?" That's so . . . not at all what I expected. Maybe I should just refer to it as "red tea." That's pretty widely accepted, yes?

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i definitely pronounced kefir as kuh-fear and promptly got laughed at by my friend who said it's kee-fer (or keiffer, as in sutherland). I still like kuh-fear.


Yeah, I'm pretty sure your friend is wrong. I've only ever heard or read about it being pronounced "kuh-FEER".

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Just to add some variety to mix, I pronounce rooibos as 'roo-bush'. :)
I also pronounce 'tumeric' as 'choo-mare-ick', which I have since realised is unusual but Irish people tend to pronounce 'tu' at the start of a word as 'choo'. We also pronounce 'du' at the start of words as 'ju'. Find your token Irish person and ask them to say the phrase 'jury duty', I guarantee it will spark some debate! :)

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i sort of thought this was a jokey thread!! whoops.

i can guarantee you açaí is said with a "sss" sound, not a hard c. a-sigh-ee. you guys don't usually see the ç (also responsible for use in words like lasso, cachaça, curação, etc) letter so it's not obvious.

@blueberry, i don't know if it's normal northeast US accent or just my family's peculiarity (my gram is irish) but our t's and d's are also often J or CH. anything TR becomes CHR (like my name, tracy, is never with a T but with a CH... i never noticed til i started teaching and students were ready to kill me.)

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Just to add some variety to mix, I pronounce rooibos as 'roo-bush'. :)
I also pronounce 'tumeric' as 'choo-mare-ick', which I have since realised is unusual but Irish people tend to pronounce 'tu' at the start of a word as 'choo'. We also pronounce 'du' at the start of words as 'ju'. Find your token Irish person and ask them to say the phrase 'jury duty', I guarantee it will spark some debate! :)


It actually has another R in it though..."tuRmeric". So I say it "TER-mer-ick".

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i think it's acceptably just called Les Mis prounounced Lay Miz.

i think if you pronounced the whole thing it's Lay Miz-er-abb

i think.....


yeh, something like that -French would sound like Lay Miz hay rab (?)

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I say "ter-mer-ic" but I hear people say "too-mer-ic" and wonder if I'm the one who's wrong.

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Emilie wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
i think it's acceptably just called Les Mis prounounced Lay Miz.

i think if you pronounced the whole thing it's Lay Miz-er-abb

i think.....


yeh, something like that -French would sound like Lay Miz hay rab (?)



(well even saying it that way you'd still have an accent but that'd be rather adorable)

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kmouse wrote:
hoisin? as in hoisin sauce? "hoy-sin"? "hoy-seen"? anyone?


"Hoy-sin" is correct according to all the dictionaries I looked at, even though it is a Cantonese word and "hoy-seen" would be closer to the Cantonese pronunciation.

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i definitely pronounced kefir as kuh-fear and promptly got laughed at by my friend who said it's kee-fer (or keiffer, as in sutherland). I still like kuh-fear.


Yeah, I'm pretty sure your friend is wrong. I've only ever heard or read about it being pronounced "kuh-FEER".


Mmm hmm. Kuh-FEER is right. Some sources give variants like kee-fer or keh-fer, but all give kuh-feer.

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I say "ter-mer-ic" but I hear people say "too-mer-ic" and wonder if I'm the one who's wrong.


I say ter-mer-ik as well, but many sources give too-mer-ik as an acceptable variant, so I guess they're both right.


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Just to add some variety to mix, I pronounce rooibos as 'roo-bush'. :)
I also pronounce 'tumeric' as 'choo-mare-ick', which I have since realised is unusual but Irish people tend to pronounce 'tu' at the start of a word as 'choo'. We also pronounce 'du' at the start of words as 'ju'. Find your token Irish person and ask them to say the phrase 'jury duty', I guarantee it will spark some debate! :)


It actually has another R in it though..."tuRmeric". So I say it "TER-mer-ick".


Yes, it baffled me when I first heard people saying tumor-ic. Bleugh, who wants a spice that sounds like a disease? It's TER-mer-ic, definitely.

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Biker boy used to say tumor-ic, but I think I have him sorted.

I say cue-min, but coo-pon.

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Yes, it baffled me when I first heard people saying tumor-ic. Bleugh, who wants a spice that sounds like a disease? It's TER-mer-ic, definitely.


Yes. Tumor-ick is ... just icky sounding. I said it tur-MARE-ic at first. Now I say it the way you do.

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Rooibos = ROY-boss. I'm probably just as likely to call it red bush tea though.
Turmeric = TYU/CHIU-mer-ic or TER-mer-ic. I think I say both. It's hard to know what you actually say...
Hoisin = HOY-sin
Les Misérables ~ lay miz-ay-haab-luh. (French R is nearer English H than English R in many accents). In English = lay MIZ-uh-RAH-bluh.

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I struggle so much with turmeric! I switch between too-mare-rick, tur-mer-ick, and tur-mare-ick.


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And I've been saying turmeric wrong too. You learn something new every day.

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I never took French and have no idea how to pronounce "non sequitur". Is it even French? Or Latin? Either way... oy vey!

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For the love of turmeric stop pronouncing les like lay. It's /le/

As always when there is talk of pronunciation I will say: IPA is your friend. Half the time I don't understand what sound you are trying to describe. I do, however, find these things endlessly fascinating so please keep them coming.

I think I pronounce words that are loanwords in English weirdly because I don't have English as my first language. And apparently I pronounce "jury duty" like an Irish person? How do YOU say it?


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I never took French and have no idea how to pronounce "non sequitur". Is it even French? Or Latin? Either way... oy vey!

I say "non-sec-wi-ter"

Now that I type it out it sounds really stupid.

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I never took French and have no idea how to pronounce "non sequitur". Is it even French? Or Latin? Either way... oy vey!

Latin. And without using IPA I'd say non sek-wi-ter or something like that? As I said above I'm not a native speaker of English...

ETA: Mr Shankly beat me to it. My actual pronunciation is more like /ˈsɛ kwɪˌtʊər/ I think, but close enough.


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Better than my brain when it is seen: non-suh-queee-tur.

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I'm pretty sure les is pronounced lay? That's what I know from taking French anyway.


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I'm pretty sure les is pronounced lay? That's what I know from taking French anyway.


That's how we say it in Quebec but Quebec French does things differently so I'm not sure about elsewhere.


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