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    Default Stupid question about Bois du Portugal

    But I just can't resist asking, especially since this is quickly becoming my all-time favorite fragrance and I plan to be getting quite a bit of use out of it. Quite simply, how do you pronounce the word "Portugal" in "Bois du Portugal?" And yes, I know perfectly well how to pronounce it in English, but with the French words "Bois du" in there (which I know means "woods of," by the way), I assume that that's not how you pronounce it in this case. Is it like portch-u-GOLL (as in accent on the last syllable, rhyming with the word "doll")?

    Why do I even care? I don't know. I guess that if I'm going to be wearing it enough, sooner or later someone is bound to ask me what it is. If so, I don't want to sound like an idiot. That said, even if you do know the proper pronunciation, do you actually use it, or just pronounce the word Portugal in English? I think it's a tough call. If I pronounce it in English, it just sounds uneven, but if I pronounce it in French, it might sound a bit pretentious. I know there are many die-hard BdP fans out there in this forum. What's your take? Thanks.

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    Bwah du Portch-u-Gull

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    If you want to pronounce "Portugal" the French way, that would be:

    Port - with the r at the very back of your throat (the sound does not exist in American English)
    ü (like the German Umlaut in "California über alles") - same sound as the u in "du"
    gal - kind if like the gull in seagull, but with a more open "a" sound, as in "bus"

    not so easy for a speaker of English, I'm afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post

    not so easy for a speaker of English, I'm afraid.
    You said it!

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    The G_L said it best. That kind of r is called the "swallowed r" for good reason.

    Also, the accent's on the last syllable (-gal).
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    Poorth-ooh-gahl ?
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    France: Por-tyou goh
    Quebec: Poor-tchew gal
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    yea, quebec french sounds weird...

    anyway, back to the original question, saying portugal in an english fashion just doesnt fit with the "bois du"

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    French Creole: Bwaha-daw-patchouli-gill

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    Yeah on this topic I wonder if anyone has ever put together a list of hard to pronounce fragrance names assistance?

    I wondered if Chergui was pronounced: sharegweye or sharegwee??

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    Share-gee, with the accent on the second syllable.
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    Default Re: Stupid question about Bois du Portugal

    Quote Originally Posted by r2s View Post
    Yeah on this topic I wonder if anyone has ever put together a list of hard to pronounce fragrance names assistance?

    I wondered if Chergui was pronounced: sharegweye or sharegwee??
    Share-ghee, don't pronounce the "u"--it's only there to keep you from saying share-jee.

    Bwah dü por-tü-GAHL. It means "Portuguese wood." If you want to get pan-Mediterranean about it, "burtugal" (derived from the name "Portugal") is a common Arabic word for "orange" (replacing the classical Arabic "naranj"); so you could say (without too much of a stretch) "orange wood" -- speaking macaronically, as multilingual types often do... a kind of bilingual pun.
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    This little online language course contains a soundfile of "Portugal." Click "vocabulaire," then click on the country map, then click on the phrases at the top for audio .

    http://lexiquefle.free.fr/europ.swf
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    Cool, ok

    Rive Gauche..... I say Reevay Gorsh am I correct or am I still a philistine?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r2s View Post
    Cool, ok

    Rive Gauche..... I say Reevay Gorsh am I correct or am I still a philistine?!
    The e has no accent, so it's silent: Reeve, as in Christopher Reeve, but with a "dry" R formed in the throat.

    Gauche - like the verb "to go" plus "sh"
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    Quote Originally Posted by somethinpositiv View Post
    French Creole: Bwaha-daw-patchouli-gill
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    The e has no accent, so it's silent: Reeve, as in Christopher Reeve, but with a "dry" R formed in the throat.

    Gauche - like the verb "to go" plus "sh"
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    According to an online translator Reeve Go-shh means Left Shore, whats that all about?? I would like to try the Right Shore too if anyone has it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by r2s View Post
    Yeah on this topic I wonder if anyone has ever put together a list of hard to pronounce fragrance names assistance?

    I wondered if Chergui was pronounced: sharegweye or sharegwee??
    http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

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    f..ing amazing. i will now make "juliette" say that she desires my body
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    f..ing amazing. i will now make "juliette" say that she desires my body

    LOL...i have been making those women say a lot of things to me.....
    Pronunciation of fragrance names has surely taken a back seat here


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    I came across alot of surprises. Apparently the Spanish Loewe is pronounced as if it's german "loh-vey".

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    Hours of fun :bounce:

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