How to Pronounce Tanzania?

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Nov 22nd, 2011, 07:50 AM
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How to Pronounce Tanzania?

I was at dinner last night telling a friend of my hopes to visit Tanzania. She has visited there and pronounced the country's name "Tan-ZAN-ee-a" as opposed to my "Tan-zu-KNEE-uh." Knowing of the great wisdom found on this board, I thought I'd ask here how you all believe the name should be pronounced. Thanks!
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Nov 22nd, 2011, 08:39 AM
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I've actually heard it pronounced both ways in Tanzania. I think the "KNEE" version is the most common.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 08:08 AM
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From what I've heard over the years, North American's use 'Tan-ZAH-nee-uh' where the rest of the world uses 'Tan-ZANE-ee-uh'
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Most of the Tanzanians I've encountered (black or white), use "Tan-ZAH-nee-uh". I've only heard the other pronunciation a couple of times. Online pronunciation guides also use this version. The origin of the name "Tanzania" is from TANganyika and ZANzibar. Since Zanzibar is pronounced with a "ZAN" not "ZANE", it makes sense to pronounce it with the "ZAH" sound.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 09:10 AM
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I agree with ShayTay--if what she's saying is that most Tanzanians she (and I) have met accent the second syllable: Tahn-ZAH-nee-uh.

It's hard to convey pronunciation over the internet. I think Sandi, ShayTay and I might be thinking the same thing and communicating it differently.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 09:12 AM
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p.s You should definitely go to Tanzania! Make it work. It will be worth the effort.
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 09:53 AM
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Thanks everyone. I do hope to be able to visit Tanzania in 2012 or 2013 and have been enjoying researching. We have a few issues up in the air regarding my husband's job which will impact when we can make such a trip but we hope to have these resolved soon. I agree, Leely2, that we need to make it work!
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Nov 23rd, 2011, 05:43 PM
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I was quite surprised the first year I went, Daniel (our guide) pronounced it. Tan-zan-yuh. I asked him the next year if Tan-zan-ee-a (the way I always pronounced it ) was correct. He said that was a more common way of pronouncing it these days than what he had grown up with, and that both were correct.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 08:59 AM
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Either way it will be understood.
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Dec 6th, 2011, 11:37 AM
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I've always heard it pronounce (in country) tan-ZAN-ya. I think Americans most usually say tan-zah-KNEE-ya.
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Dec 6th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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I asked a good friend of mine who is from Tanzania and his parents own a business there.

He says it is Tan ZAN ia , but if you want to "slang" it a bit then it would be Tan ZAH nia.

Is it New York or Nah York.

Is it New Orleans or Nah-leans
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Dec 6th, 2011, 10:34 PM
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Percy, I always thought it was norleens!!???
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Dec 7th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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Nope: Nawlinz.
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Dec 7th, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Locals said it "tanzahKNEEah"
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Dec 7th, 2011, 04:06 PM
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I like Nawlinz.
Just mumble the Tanzania bit and act like a foreigner … works for me!
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Dec 7th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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yep Nawlinz in that southern drawl !

or Nah-york with the accent that only a seasoned local taxi driver can say
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Dec 26th, 2011, 06:36 AM
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Heard while in Tanzania and Kenya:
Tan-za-nee-uh
Tan-zan-e-uh
Tan-zane-e-uh
Tan-zan-e-kah

I think that as long as you say it with a smile you're fine with any of them.
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Dec 26th, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Ken-ya or Kee-nya?

I learned to NEVER pronounce is KEEnya as that was the colonial proounciation, and Ken-ya correct--like Jomo's adopted name Kenyatta.

But recently, friend from Africa pronounced it Kee-nya.

Or should this be a whole other thread?

Does it matter?
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