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    Default Teach me to speak French

    Our favourite fragrances/houses deserve to be pronounced correctly.
    Unless its already done, perhaps this thread can list French names with the phonetically spelled pronunciation.

    To get the ball rolling, how do you correctly pronounce...

    Jean Patou
    Comme des Garcons
    Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
    Eau Des Iles
    Messe de Minuit

    Thanks.

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    You can use this excellent tool to know the correct spelling:

    http://www.nuance.com/realspeak/demo/

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    Living on the provincial border between Ontario and Quebec, I get exposed to a lot of French. My university is also very bilingual. I tried typing out some responses for you, but French is VERY difficult to type out phonetically. All I know is that I know how to pronounce it but I can't type it in a way that would do justice to the French pronounciation because the French have subtle sounds that are not represented in English dialogue. For example, "Jean" isn't pronounced like the Michael Jackson song "Billie Jean" and it isn't quite pronounced like the English equivalent name "John". It's slurring the J as if you're drunk, like Jjjjjjjjon. And then again, the N at the end isn't a solid N, it kind of slurs off as well. I'd send you a sound file of me pronouncing them all, but I don't even have a microphone to record with, nor do I drink alcohol, so I'm useless. ;D ;D
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    I do not speak French so I won't be much help here but I once found this for Eau des Iles so I'm sharing it here. Correct pronunciation interests me too so I hope others might chime in as well.

    Eau des Iles
    Pronunciation: o dezil

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    That's good, Whitebar.
    No longer offering decants. Sorry!

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    haha jean to me is like juh(n)

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    Patou....

    "Pa" - got that bit under control...

    "tou" - hmmm... as in... two or 'tow'er or toe?

    None of the above?

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    Just because I have nothing to do:
    Zhon Pah-TOO (the "n" in Jean is not the American "n." It's barely hit. The "oo" sound in Patou, while close to the English "too" as given, really more like ew)
    Com day gar-SON
    Mayt-r (very soft "r&quot pah-fu-MUR ay gon-tee-AY
    O dayzEEL
    Mess d meen-WEE (hit the "d" very lightly as though you are beginning word with a soft "d" sound and keep going into the next word)

    Impossible to adequately render this phonetically.
    Of course the thing to do is to use that link provided, huh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hysteria
    That's good, Whitebar.
    Yup! Yup! Very good!!!! 8-)

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    I know how to pronounce it if it is, but is Caron actually a French house ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uXs
    I know how to pronounce it if it is, but is Caron actually a French house ?
    For sure, the Maison Caron is absolutely French!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnifiscent
    [quote author=uXs link=1136940195/0#9 date=1136968629]I know how to pronounce it if it is, but is Caron actually a French house ?
    For sure, the Maison Caron is absolutely French![/quote]
    Biensure!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by innamoramento
    Biensure!!! *
    Bien sûr ? :

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    The best way to really find out (and actually be correct) is taking a French course. Especially since French is so, so different from English, it's just nearly impossible to describe the pronunciation in words.
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    French lessons? Hmmm... unless we're talking about kissing, I don't think so.
    It's a good suggestion, but I am far too lazy.
    Looks like it's back to murdering the French language...

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    Eau des Iles
    Pronunciation: o dezil
    Is the I in Iles pronounced with a long e as in the word eel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by uXs
    [quote author=innamoramento link=1136940195/0#11 date=1136972839]
    Biensure!!! *
    Bien sûr ? *:[/quote]
    LOL...OK! OK!!! ;D 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcampen
    Eau des Iles
    Pronunciation: o dezil
    Is the I in Iles pronounced with a long e as in the word eel?
    right. "O dezeel"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belial
    [quote author=dcampen link=1136940195/15#15 date=1137101648]
    Eau des Iles
    Pronunciation: o dezil
    Is the I in Iles pronounced with a long e as in the word eel?
    right. "O dezeel" [/quote]

    Hrm. I agree that it's (more or less) the same sound as the english word eel, but "Iles" is pronounced much shorter. Not "eeeel", but "el", if that makes sense.

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    actually, the I in îles is a long one (at least when I do happen to pronounce it ;D)
    EDIT: there are actually no short or long i in french. That saves a useless debate...
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