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30-09-2015, 07:32 PM
RE: English/pronunciation questions
Okay, so I was right on everything except bi-OP-ic.

Although, just found this:

Cambridge Dictionary

Click the sounds. Seems like BIO-pik is UK and bi-OP-ik is US.

So, I guess I'm okay on this too.

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30-09-2015, 08:00 PM
RE: English/pronunciation questions
(30-09-2015 07:22 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(30-09-2015 12:58 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  I had no idea microbial was even a word...

I am disappoint.

I claim non native English speaker defence Big Grin

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30-09-2015, 09:13 PM
RE: English/pronunciation questions
(30-09-2015 08:00 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  
(30-09-2015 07:22 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  I am disappoint.

I claim non native English speaker defence Big Grin

That doesn't fly on this here American server. Our good-old American values say that being a non-native English speaker is an aggravating factor rather than any sort of defense. Why, you should have had the good sense to be born here. Then we'd forgive you all SORTS of crimes against the language and defend you to the hilt against anyone so stuck up as to call you on any of it. But since you're one of them outside foreigners, you better speak English proper (and not like those Brits) or you'll be in real trouble.

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30-09-2015, 09:34 PM
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I believe free thought was disappoint, not you Tongue

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30-09-2015, 09:51 PM
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You say pot-a-to, I say pot-ah-to.... eh

....let's call the whole thing off!




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30-09-2015, 10:41 PM
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(30-09-2015 09:51 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  You say pot-a-to, I say pot-ah-to.... eh

....let's call the whole thing orf!
...

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01-10-2015, 01:51 AM
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(30-09-2015 01:22 PM)DLJ Wrote:  It's like:
English-English: PRO-cessing (carrying out)
Murikan-English: pro-CESS-ing (I hear 'procession' or parade)

PRO-cess = noun
pro-CESS = verb

At least that's what I was taught in uni. Same goes for words like address, export, permit, project, and others.

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01-10-2015, 02:32 AM
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This is quite useful.

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02-10-2015, 12:05 AM
English/pronunciation questions
Ok, the links provided by Clockwork don't work for me. Shame as I wanted to hear pronunciations. Vietnamese has always proven elusive to my ear. I do much better with more staccato languages like Italian and Japanese.

I work with a couple guys both named Nguyen (no relation!). I've asked them for pronunciations and gotten the standard "WIN" and "NWIN" responses. Then, as I'm pedantic to the hilt about pronunciation (cursed I be!), I've pressed them both for "proper pronunciation". I've had to resort to this a lot with folks from other countries. It usually works on the ones who haven't been here long enough to get exhausted trying to explain how to pronounce something to Americans. My coworkers, bless them, tried to offer me "proper pronunciations". These were lessons in frustration. I may now have an understanding of the origins of the "standard response".

I do not press them any more.

As for Ryu: from the 2.5 semesters I had in Japanese I can only say that it's not an easy thing to describe in words. It's one of those sounds that, much like the proper pronunciation of Nguyen, must be heard. I recommend listening carefully to some anime. It's such a quick sound you may miss it the first couple times.

Just don't say RYE-yu. The sound is fast and much closer to "riu" (one syllable, no emphasis anywhere). It's one single smooth sound. Also, when a word ends in "u" the sound is not like "oo" in English "boot" but more like a German "ü". It's almost like a hybrid of "i" as in "bit" and "u" as in "cut".

So now that I've joined the conversation, does anyone here speak Russian? The pronunciation of the word "для" (dlya) still eludes me. I'd like to buy another vowel please?

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