OK, So How Do You Pronounce "Benoit"?

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  1. CCrider92

    CCrider92 Forum Resident

    Cape Cod, MA
    Here in New England I know several families named Benoit. All of them pronounce it Ben oyt.
  2. Yes, Marc Benoit is pronounced with the c pronounced as in the American Mark, and Benoit pronounced buh-NWAH. I didn't live in Paris for 27 years for nothing!
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  3. culabula

    culabula Forum Resident

    Belfast, Ireland
    I agree. I corrected myself at length above.
  4. 1970

    1970 Forum Resident

    ... I thought that was French for Ben Watt.



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  5. culabula

    culabula Forum Resident

    Belfast, Ireland
    Am 100% with you on this but typically anglophones will pronounce buu as boo or even bou anyway and unless linguists, won't appreciate what buu/bü is conveying.
  6. culabula

    culabula Forum Resident

    Belfast, Ireland

    I really need to go and have long lie-down as am getting everything back to front today. Perhaps it's Monday.

    Right, lets try again. Yes, the wine is Chateau D'Yquem. The French, somewhat oddly, DROP the d' in common speech, why, I know not. Am sure those in the Bordelais do not, but those with a fleeting knowledge of the Grands Vins refer to it as Chateau Yquem.

    MDR is LOL in French. «mort de rire».

    I'll get my coat.
  7. dlemaudit

    dlemaudit Forum Resident

    France, Paris area
    so how do american pronounce " Des Moines " Iowa ?
  8. culabula

    culabula Forum Resident

    Belfast, Ireland
    Someone quoted that earlier in the thread: "dez moynz", I believe.
  9. Wichita

    Wichita New Member

    Versailles France
  10. See how linguistically corrupted we can get? I didn't even know that either!..
  11. Common abbreviations used in chat, emails, SMS (texto in French) or when taking notes. Here are the 10 most common French ones:
    • BJR = bonjour = hi
    • BSR = bonsoir = have a good night, hi (in the evening)
    • SLT = salut
    • MDR = mort(e) de rire = LOL
    • JTM = je t'aime = I love you (I'm in love with you)
    • MSG = un message = message
    • PK = pourquoi? = why?
    • QQC = quelque chose = something
    • QQ1 = quelqu'un = someone
    • BZ = bisous, bises = kisses
  12. RichardG

    RichardG Forum Resident

    Wales, UK
    Fascinating - thanks for sharing! I'm from Cardiff and when we did our PCH road trip a few years ago, we had to pay a visit here... trust me I'd take that weather all day, every day and twice on Sundays...:D

  13. :thumbsup:
  14. culabula

    culabula Forum Resident

    Belfast, Ireland
    More often «biz» for bisou(s).
  15. Andreas

    Andreas Forum Resident

    Frankfurt, Germany
    The baroque composer "Händel" is indeed pronounced like "Han Dul" written in English phonetic letters, with emphasis on the first syllable. The "a" is shorter than in "handle", and the "l" is of course pronounced in the German /French / Italian way.
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  16. Is Stravinsky's "Baiser de la fée" using an old fashioned word for kiss?
  17. It's not old fashioned.
  18. A French name that totally threw me was Quesnel - didn't expect it would essentially be pronounced "kennel".
  19. Or the ever-helpful at record fairs "Donnez-moi ce disque des Beatles ou je vais vous tuer, connard!"
  20. :laugh:
  21. jude7265

    jude7265 Active Member

    Pennsylvania, US
    If it's Chris Benoit, the correct pronunciation is Vahl-de-mort.
  22. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
    4 pages already? It's Beuhn-wha (not Ben-wha).
  23. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    The ATX
    I would say you pronounce it however the owner of the name wishes it pronounced :)

    Let us not forget former NBA "legend" Benoit Benjamin who pronounced it Benoynt.
  24. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Yeah, Pennsylvania is full of those Welsh names. My mailing address up there used to be "North Wales", which I thought was neat being a fan of THE PRISONER which of course was filmed in the north of Wales. Another coincidence is that the American head of "Six Of One", the official Prisoner Appreciation Society, also lived in that community, just a mile or so up the road from me. We met up once when I joined the organization for a year - he worked one building away from me in Bala-Cynwyd, PA!

  25. Ah, of course the French would inevitably have many different words for 'kiss'! :)
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