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TxTravelPro Sep 19th, 2006 01:26 PM

Pronunciation of a couple of international cities...
 
Hi everyone. I am moderating a large panel session at a travel industry event tomorrow.
While I am highly confident in my skill set (travel automation) I am not so sure of my ability to pronounce some of the cities listed in the panelist bios.
Xian and Biarritz.
Can someone spell out the correct pronunciation phonetically.
I looked in the dictionary but I must admit I do not understand all the symbols and such.
I am looking for something like this:
Mexia (Texas) = Muh-hay-ya
If anyone has other cities that are often mispronounced, please feel free to add!
Laura :)

happytrailstoyou Sep 19th, 2006 02:03 PM

Google "Biarritz" ("Xian," etc.).

When the search is complete, click "definition" where it is underlined on the upper right of the page.

When the definition appears, click the speaker symbol.

DebitNM Sep 19th, 2006 03:10 PM

If it's the one in France...it would be pronounced

Bee ah ritz [like the cracker]

Hope this helps...
Debi

GBelle Sep 19th, 2006 03:12 PM

When we were in China, I believe Xian was pronounced "shee ahn".

DebitNM Sep 19th, 2006 03:14 PM

Xi'an is prounced she yon

Debi

GBelle Sep 19th, 2006 03:17 PM

I forgot to add: You can also check dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/) for pronounciations and definitions.

Scarlett Sep 19th, 2006 04:40 PM

http://www.naturalvoices.att.com/demos/index.html

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handmaiden Sep 20th, 2006 04:40 AM

According to Thingorjus:

Bee Are Ritz

She On

He has traveled to both places.


Christine,
Handmaiden of Thingorjus


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