March 30, 2009

Quimper Doesn't Rhyme With Wimper


I found a very useful website that actually has people pronouncing words for us in their native languages.

This pronunciation dictionary is called Forvo and apparently it has all the languages in the world pronounced by native speakers. Now I know that Gustave Caillebotte's last name is pronounced kigh buht and the French town of Quimper is camp air. I wouldn't want to embarrass myself, would I?

You should hear how they pronounce Giverny. Give it a go.
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8 comments:

Poetikat said...

That is fantastic! I've added it to my Firefox Speed Dial.

Kat

P.S. Thanks for the insomnia tips. I want to do the milk/vanilla, but I have the beans, so it's tricky.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thanks for this site! It will really come in handy! And thanks for the mention, Hazel. I had no idea. (And your Mozart is lovely!)
Catherine

Char said...

I love it when my 4 year old niece speaks in spanish to me - it's cute and adorable. I bet she will love listening to this.

Tina said...

Hello love!! Was so happy to see your comment! I've missed you! Your blog is gorgeous as always. And clever!

Shelly Beson said...

Hi, thanks for commenting on my blog. Your blog is refreshingly smart and informative. I have a friend from high school who now lives in Paris trying to teach me french but when I asked him to spell things out frenetically (either my spell check is on the blink or I spelled that right the first time, oh happy day) he said it would cost me. This sight will surely help.

Love your art too, Shelly Beson

Jelica said...

It's a great site! Now I can perhaps get my French pronunciation right...

Candie Bracci said...

I love those very much!

Mary-Laure said...

I used to teach French, so I must check out that website!