Island Pronunciation

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Mar 31st, 2006, 10:11 AM
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Island Pronunciation

How does one pronounce "Anguilla" and "Curacao"?
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Mar 31st, 2006, 10:27 AM
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An-gwill-a

Kur-a-sow (that's sow as in female pig).
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Mar 31st, 2006, 10:35 AM
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Anguilla rymthes with "vanilla"
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Mar 31st, 2006, 11:13 AM
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I also have a question. How do you pronounce Nevis?
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Mar 31st, 2006, 11:21 AM
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Nee-vis
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Thank you Nancy. I didn't realize there was a response!
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Apr 12th, 2006, 11:11 AM
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How about Canouan?
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Apr 12th, 2006, 11:24 AM
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CA NOO ON with the accent on the first syllable (i.e. not pronounced like the little boat!). There are acceptable variations, however within the Grenadines. CAN WAN, for example, is very common as well, especially on the main island of St. Vincent.

Bequia is pronounced both BECK WAY and BECK WEE but never BECK WAY AH !
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Apr 12th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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And then there's both CARRY A COO and CARRY COO for Carriacou though I find the first one more common.
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Apr 12th, 2006, 11:49 AM
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This is fun!! Let's do more!!
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Apr 12th, 2006, 12:20 PM
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Cayman is KAY-MAHN

Also, it is the Cayman Islands, not "the Caymans", or else the country as a whole is referred to by locals as just simply "Cayman"
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Apr 12th, 2006, 04:18 PM
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How do you pronounce Statia?
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Apr 13th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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Statia - Stay-shuh

Antigua - An-tee-guh (not An-tee-gwah)

St Lucia - St Loo-shuh (not St Loo-chee-uh as I pronounced it when we went there for the first time in 1992 )

curious, after having been thoroughly hooked on Carry-a-cou in October, (thanks for the tips btw) we return next week.

Hopefully, we will not burn our passports gleefully on the beach in front of Hardwood after one too many Jack Iron's and begin selling t-shirts and braiding hair from our palm frond lean-to on Paradise Beach.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 04:55 AM
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Okay, so it's not an island. But I've been reading about Hairoun beer during my research for upcoming trip. How do you say it?

Tom, I just realized that I've never once pronounced Cayman the proper way. I admit I'm not likely to change the way I prounounce it, but it is good to know for future reference.

Diana, I hope you have a super trip. So you're doing Grenada & Carriacou this trip? Anyplace else? Knowing you, I guess you don't have any accommodations lined up yet. Brave woman!

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Apr 13th, 2006, 05:41 AM
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Here's another one I hear mis-pronounced a lot.

Saba = Say-buh, not Saw-buh.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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ej - it's obviously essential to be able to order Hairoun! HI ROON

Another local beer is called Eku pronounced ECK OOO with the accent on the first syllable. It is slightly more 'European' and drier than Hairoun

Both are made on St. Vincent and excellent though I prefer Hairoun.

Bon Voyage Diana. An update on the operations at Paradise Inn on Paradise Beach would be great - how was it in October and who is running the place ?
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Apr 13th, 2006, 07:21 AM
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And the capital of St.Thomas, Charlotte Amalie is Charlotte A MAHL' YA
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Apr 13th, 2006, 07:30 AM
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Oooh, I didn't know about the "amahl ya" in Charlotte Amalie.

And since we're drinking, we'd better eat too. PLEASE PLEASE I beg you. Pronounce "conch" as "conK"!!!! (I sell it in my restaurant and it pains me to hear this with the "ch" - and politely refrain from correcting)
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Apr 13th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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I tried to tell my travel agent that it is Knee-vis, but he's not convinced! LOL
joan, I also cringe when I hear conch instead of conk! We just had the best conch chowder and conch fritters in Corolla, NC a couple of weeks ago. YUM!
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:11 AM
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Another one : Barbados. It's not pronounced barbadoes (as in doe a female deer!). It's Barbadus as in a very short "o".
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