One More Pronunciation Please

Feb 7th, 2002, 04:39 PM
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Grazie, jahoulih; that's what I thought.

I don't think the narrator was British, but he may have been Canadian, as he had a slight (to my ears) accent.
Feb 8th, 2002, 07:11 AM
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It isn't any British quirk - we pronounce pasta to rhyme with "hasta" (la vista) too, just like the Italians, although with a slighly different emphasis.

I got confused by this post for a while as many British people (northerners especially) would also pronounce "fast-a" to rhyme with "hasta". I presume you were meaning "farst-a"?

And Maren - how else does one pronounce Mazda but to (almost) rhyme with "hasta". Am now most confused....
Feb 8th, 2002, 07:55 AM
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AnnaC, the British (in my experience, and according to the Oxford English Dictionary) tend to pronounce the first vowel in "pasta" the same as the vowel in "can" or "pan"--while the Italians (and Americans) pronounce it to rhyme with "hasta". I think this is the same distinction that Maren was getting at with regard to Mazda.

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