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Pronunciation of a couple of international cities...

Old Sep 19th, 2006, 01:26 PM
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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!
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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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.
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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If it's the one in France...it would be pronounced

Bee ah ritz [like the cracker]

Hope this helps...
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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When we were in China, I believe Xian was pronounced "shee ahn".
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Old Sep 19th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Xi'an is prounced she yon

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I forgot to add: You can also check dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/) for pronounciations and definitions.
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http://www.naturalvoices.att.com/demos/index.html

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Old Sep 20th, 2006, 04:40 AM
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According to Thingorjus:

Bee Are Ritz

She On

He has traveled to both places.


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