Need help with pronunciation

Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:25 AM
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Need help with pronunciation

Please forgive my ignorance, but I believe this is an Italian bread - focaccia. How is it pronounced?
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:41 AM
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C is hard (K) before A, O and U. C is soft (S) before I and E. Similar rules for G (hard G or soft SH). When these rules are broken, an I is inserted as in spaghetti and chianti.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:43 AM
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I mean of course H is inserted.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:44 AM
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Foe -- kash -- yah. Accent on middle syllable.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:46 AM
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Sorry, that may have been unclear. The middle syllable is "kahsh".
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:48 AM
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Roughly foe-cotch'-uh.

It's not that easy to write out a pronunciation; dictionaries use those standard symbols that are explained by analogy.

The soft c in Italian is not pronounced like an s, but like the English tch or sh, depending upon region.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:51 AM
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Sorry, I disagree. I believe it is foe-KAH-chuh (rhymes with Oh, gotcha).
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:54 AM
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Parlo posted while I was preparing my answer. I was disagreeing with xxx, not Parlo, whose pronunciation is basically the same as mine.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 10:13 AM
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FA KOCH EE
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 10:18 AM
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FA KOCH EE
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 10:20 AM
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It is (without accent) F o koch ee a
The ci is chee not she.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 10:32 AM
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Thanks everyone for your assistance. I knew there would be helpful people on this board!
 
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