One More Pronunciation Please

Feb 6th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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Sally
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One More Pronunciation Please

How do you pronounce "quai"? Thanks
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:18 AM
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K
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:28 AM
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xxx
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Are you sure it isn't "key"
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:30 AM
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xxx
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sorry, quay is key
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:37 AM
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Like the italian "che". Hope you speak some Italian.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:39 AM
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Che in Italian is also "K" I stick to my original assertion.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:41 AM
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quay (English) is "key" - - but "quai" (French) is much closer to "kay" - - or a hybrid between "kay" and "keh".

We've had this discussion on the sounds of mes, mets, mai and mais before.

You'll do fine with the "kay" sound.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:47 AM
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But in Italian, the letter K is pronounced kappa. So is quai really pronounced kappa?
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:49 AM
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Very cute, Kappa.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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So does that mean, in Italy, one orders a quaicinno in the morning? :~)
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:54 AM
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What is a quaicinno? You lost me.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:59 AM
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*If* "quai" = "kappa" then...
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 11:24 AM
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Quai can be k or kay or cay. It's not a sound on the river, of course, or what the late marshall called himself. This is being overstudied, naturally. Just give it the AO-K, and drop the Don Jo or caribbean sound portion. K?
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 01:50 PM
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In French, "quai" as in the thing running along the Seine or the thing you stand on before you get onto the metro is pronounced : "kay".
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 11:41 PM
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Sally,

Quai is pronounced "keh". Saying "kay" will instantly give you away as a native English speaker (not that saying "keh" will stave that off an awfully long moment though, or so I supose....;-)).

Phil
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 12:00 AM
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Capo, you have way too much time on your hands.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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Phil is right; "quay" is pronouced "keh". C'est comme cela qu'il faut prononcer !
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 12:39 PM
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Speaking of pronounciations...

In addition to the one on London, I also watched a Travel Channel show on Rome last night. The narrator kept pronouncing "pasta" as if it rhymed with "fast-a", not "cost-a."

In the U.S. it seems to be generally prounced as rhyming with "cost-a." Isn't that also the way it's pronounced in Italy?
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:09 PM
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My Canadian (Vancouver) friends all say past-a like fast-a. (They also say Mazz-da for the car.) I have always wondered if Italians pronounce it to rhyme with fast-a....
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:23 PM
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It's a British (and apparently Canadian) quirk. Italians say it to rhyme with "hasta" (as in la vista).
 

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