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# "RER"---how do you say it?

Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:14 PM
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"RER"---how do you say it?

OK...confession first. I've been reading these boards for years and, of course, have come across many references the "RER". Well, from the get-go, in my mind, I've read it as the "Ruhr".

And then, last weekend, I finally got up the nerve to actually use the system and was appalled when I realized I was saying it all wrong---they looked at me funny!

So. How does one pronounce it? (Please give me phonetics, as I couldn't understand how the French were saying it!)
Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:32 PM
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Jeanne,
Seems that I just recently saw this somewhere, and we've started to try to remember to pronounce it correctly. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it's pronounced like Air - OO (as in book and look)- Air, with a little trill on the r.

Sandy
Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:40 PM
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'AIRRR-'EUH-'AIRRR
Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:43 PM
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It stands for Réseau Express Régional.
You pronounce the initials of the abbreviation.
Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:48 PM
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Jeanne,
This is a better guide to pronouncing the French R than I gave you by saying "Air". It's a little more in the throat:

http://tinyurl.com/jd9ug

Click on the letters "R" and "E" to hear how they're pronounced:

http://tinyurl.com/p5so5

Hope this helps I think the R is hard to say.

Sandy

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Sep 23rd, 2006, 02:44 AM
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Yes, hard.

Thanks, all. I'll work on it.
Sep 23rd, 2006, 08:57 AM
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I keep a tiny notepad/pen in my purse, just in case. RER written down is still RER..
Sep 23rd, 2006, 10:48 AM
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If you trill the R, people will assume you're from Marseille.
Sep 23rd, 2006, 11:13 AM
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It's funny you say that. Somewhere in the Dordogne we met 3 men from Marseille. I was struck by their adding an "-uh" onto their words.

Mar-sayl-yuh.

A dwah-tuh. (A droit)

Etc.

Sep 23rd, 2006, 01:07 PM
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That's typical Provençal pronunciation--like adding a G sound to the end of words ending in N. For more on that, read Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence."
Sep 23rd, 2006, 01:13 PM
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Air-er-air
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:33 PM
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Good question. I realized when I was spelling my last name in Paris THAT I didn't know how to say 'e'. This makes a big differnce when one has 2 es in your name.
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:40 PM
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So how do you pronounce Tuileries, Louvre, and Chartres?
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:53 PM
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SO FUNNY! We were trying to ask about the RER on a shuttle at CDG, and the poor Frenchman just looked at me like I was from another planet. I finally wrote the letters and showed him, and he went, "OH, ER -EH- ER" and nodded that we were on the correct shuttle. We still laugh about it.
Sep 23rd, 2006, 10:23 PM
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Tuileries = tweel-ree
Louvre = loov
Chartres = shart

(I am just giving the closest approximation as to what the French will understand with no problem even if pronounced with a completely American accent. Total accuracy is not required.)

Hagan, if the guy at CDG said er-eh-er, I would understand that as e-é-e as a French speaker.

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