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A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Redwinger » Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:56 am

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Robin Garr » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:08 am

Pee-no Doh-nee

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Otto » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:14 am

Robin beat me to it I see! :) Was just going to put that.

One sort of related question, as my French sucks also. When is the "s" pronounced at the end of words? I remember Debussy being cross with the singers during the rehersals for the 1st performance of Pélleas et Mélisande because they pronounced Pélleas without the "s" at the end...

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Robin Garr » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:30 am

Otto Nieminen wrote:One sort of related question, as my French sucks also. When is the "s" pronounced at the end of words? I remember Debussy being cross with the singers during the rehersals for the 1st performance of Pélleas et Mélisande because they pronounced Pélleas without the "s" at the end...


My French bites, Otto, so take the following with a grain of <i>sel</i>.

I think the "s" is sounded mostly when the word comes to French from another language (perhaps the case with "Pélleas") or when it is rooted in Southern France - Provencal and Languedocian sound the final S in many wine words like "Cornas" and "Gigondas" and "Mas" and, for that matter, "Cos d'Estournel."

Oh, also there's that funky <i>liaison</i> in which normally silent final consonants are sounded if they precede a vowel in context. So in any case, "Pélleas et" would sound like "Pelly ah-say" regardless of whether the "s" was normally sounded. I think. :)
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Otto » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:36 am

Thanks Robin! I actually knew about the liaison :)
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Redwinger » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:47 am

Robin Garr wrote:Pee-no Doh-nee

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by James Roscoe » Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:48 am

Robin Garr wrote:Pee-no Doh-nee


Where aren't we meant to pee? I never could understand the French!
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by Tim York » Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:22 pm

I seem to recall Eric Nicolas of Bellivière pronouncing the final "s" in Aunis. He is one of the best producers and his white Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir are fabulous.
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Robin Garr » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:13 pm

Tim York wrote:I seem to recall Eric Nicolas of Bellivière pronouncing the final "s" in Aunis. He is one of the best producers and his white Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir are fabulous.


Tim, thanks for the testimony ... Otto and I have both confessed to having severe limits on our French skills, and a recollection from a producer would certainly add credibility to the with-an-ess alternative.
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Ian Sutton » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:07 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:
One sort of related question, as my French sucks also. When is the "s" pronounced at the end of words?

-O-

I always used to think it was a tragic waste of letters, to put them there and not bother pronouncing them :lol:

Now I live near a place called Wymondham (pronounced Winned-ham) and another called Happisburgh (pronounced Hays-boro). You'd think letters grew on trees the way these people waste them :roll:

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by Paul B. » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:15 pm

LOL!! Ian!

And I've always been one to mangle the famed Worchestershire. My instinct is to just say it: "WAR-chester-SHIRE", though I think it's more like "WIS-tuh-shuh", isn't it?
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by James Roscoe » Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:24 pm

Paul B. wrote:LOL!! Ian!

And I've always been one to mangle the famed Worchestershire. My instinct is to just say it: "WAR-chester-SHIRE", though I think it's more like "WIS-tuh-shuh", isn't it?


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by Harry Cantrell » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:28 pm

Singing French is different than spoken French. I remember in my singing days that often the "s" was sung in French. There are some differences in German also. And regional differences in American English are glossed over when sung. And interestingly, a good friend from England says that her chorus master suggests that the chorus sing "more like an American" whereas various directors I have sung under want the chorus the sing "more like the British".
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Graeme Gee » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:44 am

Otto Nieminen wrote: I remember Debussy being cross with the singers during the rehersals...


Ye Gods, man, I thought you were a young student, not some ancient geezer. That must have been 95 years ago at least - I'll say one thing, you've a hell of a memory for a guy your age... :D
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by AlexR » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:43 am

I confirm that you do, in fact, pronounce the "s".

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Ian Sutton » Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:34 am

Paul B. wrote:LOL!! Ian!

And I've always been one to mangle the famed Worchestershire. My instinct is to just say it: "WAR-chester-SHIRE", though I think it's more like "WIS-tuh-shuh", isn't it?

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Change the WIS to a WUS and you're about there I reckon

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by James Roscoe » Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:33 am

Ian Sutton wrote:
Paul B. wrote:LOL!! Ian!

And I've always been one to mangle the famed Worchestershire. My instinct is to just say it: "WAR-chester-SHIRE", though I think it's more like "WIS-tuh-shuh", isn't it?

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Change the WIS to a WUS and you're about there I reckon

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Robin Garr » Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:40 am

AlexR wrote:I confirm that you do, in fact, pronounce the "s".

Pee-no Doe-neece


Alex, are we correct in thinking that the sounded "s" is an exception to the usual rule in French? If so, do you have any idea why this is excepted?
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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by AlexR » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:23 am

Hi Robin,

Gee, place names are often an exception to standard pronunciation...

You and I went to the town of Blaye (rhymes with "fly"), but a Parisian would pronounce it "Blay" (rhymes with "play"), because it makes sense...
By the rules of French pronunciation, the city of Agen, on the way to Toulouse, should be pronounced "Ah-jawn", but it is said "Ah-Jehn". (ryhmes with "vin").
You pronounce the "s" in the names of French cities such as "Senlis", "Duras", "Bazas", "Tournus", "Alès", etc. but NOT cities such as "Rennes", "Angers", "Cannes", "Lourdes", or... "Paris".

In other words, there is no rule...

In terms of wine, look at the finest estate in Barasac, Château Climens. It is pronounced "Clee-mance" (ryhmes with "dance"). And, of course, there's the famous "s" at the end of the first word in Cos d'Estournel.

Other countries have anomalies with place names too. The English are pretty good at it. I once passed through a city called "Keighley", which they pronounce "Keith-ly".

And then, there's always Peter Mon-day-vee, and Robert Mon-dah-vee!

Sure ain't simple... Makes learning foreign languages even more of a challenge.

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Re: A little pronounciation help...My French Sucks.

by Robin Garr » Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:53 am

AlexR wrote:In other words, there is no rule...


No rule, no, but I would note that (as I mentioned to Otto in another post), I believe that the exceptions <i>tend</i> to come in proper names based on either a non-French word or a word derived from Provencal or Languedocian, in which the final "s" is consistently pronounced: Cornas, Gigondas, Mas and ... Cos.

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