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Handy Pronunciation Resource September 27, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

As a kid I had the leisure time to read a book a day, so I naturally built up my vocabulary with lots of words I kind of understood, but had never heard spoken. Like many other people in this situation, my pronunciation attempts often led me to embarrassment. But if we’d had YouTube and the Pronunciation Manual back in my youth, I could have impressed everyone with my erudition.

For example, say you’re speaking of wine country in France, and you want to discuss the famous wine-making village, Chateauxneuf du Pape. Got. You. Covered.

Or if you’re embroiled in an argument concerning use of literary devices, you’re going to want to be able to pronounce onomatopoeia without the jeers of your peers.

I am having some problems with the President’s name, so I’m anxiously awaiting their guidance on that matter.

[H/T: My daughter, the cyberflipper]


1. thirdnews - September 27, 2013

People forget, most words are crackjaw; it is the nature of learning new, or even a maternal language. Your own name must have exposed you to gammicisms

Pronunciation ‘failures’ are fascinating in that language was, and is stylistic.

2. geoff - September 27, 2013

But the pronunciation failures in the videos are hilarious.

3. lauraw - September 28, 2013

Oh man, I had forgotten how funny those were.

4. Retired Geezer - September 28, 2013

I’m still discovering words that I’ve been mispronouncing my whole life.

That guide is going to come in handy.

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