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Pronunciation of ski resorts

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And why isn't Aix-les-Bains pronounced like the word for peace? (Aix-en-Provence at least has the excuse of elision for sounding the x.) Answers on a postcard...
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Longeey Foy near La Plang always makes me smile ...
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Of course for place names that are tricky to pronounce correctly, we British have our fair share. For example

Leominster Lemster
Kircudbright kir coo bree.
Shrewsbury - some locals say shrowsbury others as it is spelled.
Frome - Froome
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sbooker wrote:
So it’s not Tig-nez? Laughing
I’ve been wanting to go to Tig-nez for years.


I just ask Google !

According to this site Tignes is -- Teen Yuh !!


http://youtube.com/v/ug3tsV1BMwA
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Rabbie wrote:
Of course for place names that are tricky to pronounce correctly, we British have our fair share. For example

Leominster Lemster
Kircudbright kir coo bree.
Shrewsbury - some locals say shrowsbury others as it is spelled.
Frome - Froome

Not to mention Bath which the southern Brits pronounce Baaaaarth
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@sbooker, it is Tig-ness but only if you are Spanish!
@Extremophile, But there is an e on the end of Sainte Foy, cos she was a lady, allegedly, so the e should really be heard. As an aside there are lots of places named after her in France, seemingly she got about a bit,. There is a yearly jamboree of the local councillors each year in one of the villages.
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Schoolboy hat on now, there is a small village signposted off the main road just east of Albertville that raises a snigger. Shame the main route doesn't go to Nice....

Off to the naughty step now.
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So is Le Praz below Courchevel, le prah or le praz? Everyone I know calls it Le Prah but I sat on a chairlift the other year and some French people pronounced the z which was a bit of a shock. I don't think they were Savoyards though so maybe just as clueless as any other tourist...
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Rabbie wrote:
Shrewsbury - some locals say shrowsbury others as it is spelled.
Just don't tell them they live in Salop! Toofy Grin
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Hurtle wrote:
And why isn't Aix-les-Bains pronounced like the word for peace? (Aix-en-Provence at least has the excuse of elision for sounding the x.) Answers on a postcard...


The name will probably be from Arpitan/Savoyard and therefore follows different rules. But to be honest, God knows! That would account for some of the less obvious pronunciations round there.
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Raceplate wrote:
So is Le Praz below Courchevel, le prah or le praz? Everyone I know calls it Le Prah but I sat on a chairlift the other year and some French people pronounced the z which was a bit of a shock. I don't think they were Savoyards though so maybe just as clueless as any other tourist...


le Pra / Prah
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@Raceplate, I've heard Le Praz pronounced both ways, by French people, pretty much equally. Not sure which of them were local, though, and I've not been into any shops there, so don't know how local shopkeepers pronounce it. That's usually a good indication.

It's not possible, quite obviously, to be dogmatic about these things. Except that CourchevAl drives me completely nuts. wink
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T Bar wrote:
Rabbie wrote:
Of course for place names that are tricky to pronounce correctly, we British have our fair share. For example

Leominster Lemster
Kircudbright kir coo bree.
Shrewsbury - some locals say shrowsbury others as it is spelled.
Frome - Froome

Not to mention Bath which the southern Brits pronounce Baaaaarth
Did someone mention Fowey
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Hurtle wrote:
@davidof, as Professor Higgins had it, "the French don't care what they say so long as they pronounce it properly". I obviously talked to the wrong people in Avoriaz, as has Nade, who has a pad in the neighbouring resort I believe. As for a poor ear, I am often taken for a French person, having spoken the language from when I started to speak at all (and learned it from native Francophones). I've got very rusty, in terms of vocab, lately however, as my French cousins and I have lost touch and I don't travel there very often any more. More's the pity.


https://www.audika.fr/
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@chocksaway, I think it's pronounced Saint' Foy because the correct usage is so awkward. There's an analogy I can think of which is that Berlioz' Grand' Messe des Morts is not only pronounced that way, but quite often written that way too. Vive l'apostrophe!
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Hurtle wrote:
@RobinS, I've often heard it pronounced like that too, but I don't. Go figure. Anyone know how to pronounce the Swiss place Château d'Œx? I haven't got a clue.

My mother who very briefly lived nearby pronounced it Chateau day but whether that was accurate or an anglicisation I have no idea.
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@Hurtle, mmm, I hear quite a lot of the locals doing the santa foi thing.
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SHAP wrote:
Great, so now i don't know if I'm heading to Avoria, or Avoriaz at Easter...
Let's face it, it doesn't really matter, does it?! Laughing


Very true, but would be nice to get it right. Laughing
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@Hurtle, mmm, I hear quite a lot of the locals doing the santa foi thing.
Quite often a Midi thing, don't you think?
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This discussion has become somewhat Francophile. In an effort to restore some balance, I know non-linguists, who pronounce “Fieberbrunn” as “Feel my bum”, and “Leogang” as “Legoland”. For myself, I pronounce Saalbach as “La-La Land”.
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Obsessed, moi? Embarassed Pedantry, as ever, brings me back to snowHeads, after a short absence. Embarassed
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@Hurtle, not been there. In the end with that many languages and dialects (both modern, fading and dead) within a 15 k radius of Ste F, there is probably no right answer.
Even Val D and Tignes had their own dialects of Savoyarde and they were only a mile apart before someone plonked a dam in the Isere!
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@chocksaway, Laughing
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@tatmanstours, Laughing Haha. I hardly speak any German, so can't contribute anything to that debate.
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@Hurtle, no need, they all seem to speak perfect English around here anyway.
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I remember asking if they had any melons in the shop, i couldn't find any out (very unusual). So in my best pronounciation (no joke, it was my best pronounciation) in french I asked... 10 times... he couldn't understand what I was saying.

I asked my French neighbour about it one day, she explained that I didn't do enough nasal mooing- to which i laughed at, hysterically. She explained more and taught me how to pronounce melon in french correctly. It was this day that I realised I would never crack the language.

A few years before when we were on the GR5 I asked for 4 slices of ham at the deli of a small mountain town that had little else going on... quatre tranches de jambon, the lady then spent the next few minutes attempting to teach me how to correctly pronounce 4 slices, while simulaneously not getting my 4 slices, she wouldn't give them to me until i pronounced it correctly.

I don't really think it matters how you pronounce stuff, more often than not it'll be ever so slightly wrong according to the French.
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tatmanstours wrote:
This discussion has become somewhat Francophile. In an effort to restore some balance, I know non-linguists, who pronounce “Fieberbrunn” as “Feel my bum”, and “Leogang” as “Legoland”. For myself, I pronounce Saalbach as “La-La Land”.


Could add the pronunciation of St Anton, St Johan, St Christoph (basically St anything) to that list, it's Sankt rather than saint.
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Sitter wrote:
Could add the pronunciation of St Anton, St Johan, St Christoph (basically St anything) to that list, it's Sankt rather than saint.


^ +1
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Am I the only one who find it ironic this whole thread is morphed into how to MIS-pronounce French/German words by using English approximation?

Or was it how it got started? I lost track.
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For some reason I always pronounce Arinsal as though it were a North London football club.
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Mr.Egg wrote:
dode wrote:
We don’t pronounce Paris like the locals, unless we put ‘Gay’ in front of it.
Nor Roma, or Lisboa, etc, etc.
What chance do a few tiny ski villages have??
Granted, they don’t pronounce our towns as we do either (Edinbourg).
Countries have different pronunciations, spellings, names all the time, depending where you are on the globe. I can understand how it started from way back in history before travel was common, or even possible, but it all seems a bit strange in the ‘global village’ of today. Why not pronounce all places like locals do? (Might be a bit tricky with some Inuit spots, right enough, but fun to try!)



so start calling Wales, Cymru.


Ah yes, Sim-roo...
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holidayloverxx wrote:
@Claude B, Rahns. Dunno about rouen


You've got to roll the R for 'Rahns' and I'd suggest a -ce ending rather than -s.

No idea how to express a rolled R phonetically!
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davidof wrote:
> Avoriaz

- no you don't speak the last "z".


Why not, half the French locals do...
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T Bar wrote:
Not to mention Bath which the southern Brits pronounce Baaaaarth


Has the city of Bath moved since I was young? It always USED to be in southern Britain and as locals we always call it Baff.
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I was in Avoriaz in December for 3 days. Didn't notice that the z was not pronounced. From reading the above, it sounds like some locals would and some wouldn't.

Given my respectable O Level in French I was embarrassed to realise I hadn't thought about local pronunciation of Les Gets, and mine was painfully English (Lez Gets) instead of the correct "Ley Jey".
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Mjit wrote:
T Bar wrote:
Not to mention Bath which the southern Brits pronounce Baaaaarth


Has the city of Bath moved since I was young? It always USED to be in southern Britain and as locals we always call it Baff.


Indeed. I'm from Devon (doesn't get much further south) and would pronounce it Baff (actually probably a bit closer to Baaff) while girlfriend from Lancashire (virtually in the Arctic circle) would say Barth. But then seems often when people say 'the south' what they actually mean is the Home Counties.
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Mjit wrote:
T Bar wrote:
Not to mention Bath which the southern Brits pronounce Baaaaarth


Has the city of Bath moved since I was young? It always USED to be in southern Britain and as locals we always call it Baff.


Indeed. I'm from Devon (doesn't get much further south) and would pronounce it Baff (actually probably a bit closer to Baaff) while girlfriend from Lancashire (virtually in the Arctic circle) would say Barth. But then seems often when people say 'the south' what they actually mean is the Home Counties.

I come from Wiltshire and went to school in Baaff. We used to laugh at the station announcer who stated we were at Barth Spa.
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Me thinks you Anglosaxons just need to accept you’re no good at this.
Say (wrong!) la vie.
Greetings froms Leck (wrong!)
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I thought Les Gets was a northern comedian on Skegness Pier.

Then I went to Avoriaz* (*delete as appropriate wink )
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