Pronounce Villa D'Este

Old Sep 8th, 2010, 03:48 AM
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Pronounce Villa D'Este

Settle a bet. Is the last syllable TE or TAY.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 03:50 AM
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I meant TEE or TAY. Or neither.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 04:03 AM
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More like "tay", but without a pronounced "y" sound.
Definitely not "tee".
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 04:06 AM
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Go to http://www.askoxford.com/languages/i...pronunciation/

and see how the letter e is pronounced.
Tay is nearer than tee but the actual sound is much shorter.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 04:07 AM
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Hear it here

http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
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I probably live closer to Villa d'Este than any contributor on Fodor's and had my wedding reception there!

The te is short and is not tee or tay
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 06:05 AM
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More like teh?
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 06:14 AM
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Yes, kind of like teh. But absolutely not tee.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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A video of Villa d'Este - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xrjA0VrMWU

Pronunciation at 0.26 of the following video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG5erWVr76s
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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Teh, but very short.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 03:26 PM
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both "E"s are pronounced the same, as in DEstiny.

no dipthings, tripthongs, or any other thongs such as would give you TAY. TEE [as in a nice cup of] is another sound altogether - more like the VI in Villa.

nochblad - you poor thing. must be tough living there!
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Old Sep 9th, 2010, 07:18 AM
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Avalon - I finally figured out how to work that web site. It's GREAT!! Now I know it's Villa Desta. Thanks to all.
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Old Sep 9th, 2010, 08:49 AM
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NO IT'S NOT!

It's pronounced here - Pronunciation at 0.26 of the following video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG5erWVr76s

by an Italian journalist and not by a machine!
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Old Sep 9th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Sorry, I'm laughing at myself. OK, DESTA is with an American accent. DESTEH - with avery short eh is better, right?
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