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Re: Silent R's Thai to English

Post by Bamboo Grove » Fri May 09, 2014 9:10 pm

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Big Boy, try telling her that you are going to "Phrae" instead of Krabi, and see what the reaction is. :banghead:
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Might be a good idea just to go to Loei and say loei pai Loey. :D
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Re: Silent R's Thai to English

Post by dtaai-maai » Fri May 09, 2014 9:57 pm

TingTongJohn wrote:In the old days when I would go see my ex she was working at Carrefour in Bangkok on Ramintra road I would have to tell the Taxi
to go to "Caa foo" Raminta. SO I would mispronounce the store name (no R`S)
If you're English, you almost certainly mispronounce it in the opinion of a French speaker.
Besides, how do you pronounce the r in car or four/for? It's all a matter of perspective, and in any language, pronunciation depends on where in the word the letter appears.
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Re: Silent R's Thai to English

Post by TingTongJohn » Fri May 09, 2014 10:00 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:
TingTongJohn wrote:In the old days when I would go see my ex she was working at Carrefour in Bangkok on Ramintra road I would have to tell the Taxi
to go to "Caa foo" Raminta. SO I would mispronounce the store name (no R`S)
If you're English, you almost certainly mispronounce it in the opinion of a French speaker.
Besides, how do you pronounce the r in car or four/for? It's all a matter of perspective, and in any language, pronunciation depends on where in the word the letter appears.
No doubt at all I am slandering it in French and more so in Thai. Just something I remember is all in regards to not pronouncing the R in Carrefour and saying Caa foo(spelling?)
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Re: Silent R's Thai to English

Post by VincentD » Sat May 10, 2014 3:42 pm

Carrefour doesnt exist anymore, a Big C has replaced it in name. Wow. that was ages ago...
As for locals pronouncing, a lot of it is in the mind(set).
I once had a trying time getting a group of students to pronounce the word ít'. They would always pronounce it as 'íss' or some semblence of it. They just couldn't close the 't'. Until I remembered that hollow cement blocks were also called that. So, when I spelt it in Thai (อิท) the pronounciation was perfect. Point to English spelling, iss. Thai spelling, it.
Go figure.
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