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calling all Francophones

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by writing irish, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    We're having a dispute in the office about how to pronounce French. None of us speak French, thus the lack of an in-house authority.

    The French word "Saint"...

    rhymes with the French word "bon" or the French word "les"...or neither?

    Merci beaucoups.
  2. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

  3. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    I used to piss off a hockey-loving former coworker by constantly pronouncing it "Martin Saint Lewis."

    Every time, he'd huff and puff and say "MarTAHN SAHN LOU-EE!"

    So much fun.
  4. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Bon... is a harder, o sound.
  5. ballscribe

    ballscribe Active Member

    This from a true francophone, so you can take it to the bank.

    The "N" is silent, too.
    There really is no phonetic way to spell it.

    Think of "sain" (like Johnny Sain), but stop before you pronounce the "n".

    The "N" in Martin is also silent.

    So it sort of sounds like this: Mart-ay Say Lou-eeeeeeee.
  6. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    Who own da Chiefs?
  7. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    If "Saint" precedes a word starting with a vowel, would the liason include pronouncing the "N" and "T" or just "N"?
  8. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    It would primarily be the "T" sound. The "N" is so subtle to begin with, and it wouldn't accentuated with a proceeding word beginning with a vowel. "Saint-Andre" would go something like "saihn-tahn-DRAY" with the "N" very faint.
  9. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Ownz! Ownz!
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