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    Great work!

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    wow, thanks a lot!
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    Tres bien fait!

    Can I suggest you also do Anais Anais, Infusion d'Iris too?

    I would then like you to email copies of the links to every department store in the UK so that their pig ignorant sales people wouldn't look at me like I'm an alien when I use the correct pronunciation.

    I was once looking for a perfume for my ex and a sales assistant mentioned pointed to Anais Anais. I said I didn't like Anais Anais (using the correct pronunciation). She laughed at me and said "Oh, surely you mean Anay Anay?"

    Somewhat irritated I replied "Yes, in a world where nobody spoke French that might be the pronunciation..."
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    Tres bien!

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    Haha.. this would save allot threads lately.!
    unico grande amore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    I was once looking for a perfume for my ex and a sales assistant mentioned pointed to Anais Anais. I said I didn't like Anais Anais (using the correct pronunciation). She laughed at me and said "Oh, surely you mean Anay Anay?"

    Somewhat irritated I replied "Yes, in a world where nobody spoke French that might be the pronunciation..."
    LOL can I quote you in future?
    I'll get onto your request soon. Thinking I might have opened up a can of worms and this could become a 'labour of love' for the next few weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    LOL can I quote you in future?
    I'll get onto your request soon. Thinking I might have opened up a can of worms and this could become a 'labour of love' for the next few weeks!
    Lol yeah of course you can.

    Also try

    Guerlain (as opposed to ther gerrlayne I hear pronounced)

    Parfums D'Orsay (I hate hearing Par-fums yuk)

    L'Ombre Dans L'Eau

    There are countless others, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    Lol yeah of course you can.

    Also try

    Guerlain (as opposed to ther gerrlayne I hear pronounced)

    Parfums D'Orsay (I hate hearing Par-fums yuk)

    L'Ombre Dans L'Eau

    There are countless others, lol...
    Done! check L'Instant de Guerlain for the pronunciation of Guerlain!

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    You're a star! What a terrific initiative to do this

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    Thanks so much for this thread. I was really murdering L'Ombre dans l'Eau.

    I'd love to know how to correctly pronounce one of my favorites, Tubéreuse Criminelle.

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    JaimeB is "Tha" man for this thread. he has this crytic scripts which helps u speak french..like the French

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    This thread is an essential read. Now, I can confidently ask for my perfume without whispering the name or pronouncing it quickly so my SA won't notice. lol.

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    Bravo. C'est un exellent travail.

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    Don't forget to add Thierry Mugler...
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    Don't forget Encre Noir, I remember when I posted that question a few months ago, there was quite a bit of debate on the correct pronunciation. Thanks for this thread, good stuff.
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    .....
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    Wow, Trufflehunter you have a very nice french accent for an Australian. J'aime!

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    C'est une tres bonne idee, felicitation pour l'initiative, Trufflehunter. Nice accent, indeed!
    You can add L'Heure Bleue, s'il te plait, I saw questions on this forum regarding the pronunciation.
    ~ Anais ~

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    Thanks for the thread trufflehunter i will try my best not to butcher any more, maybe my french classes next year will help

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    I love this! I had been using the acapela text to speech website to help guide me, but I really appreciate how everything is said twice, and slowed the second time so I can better hear the nuances. Awesome job, Trufflehunter!

    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    "Yes, in a world where nobody spoke French that might be the pronunciation..."
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    OK so you can accuse me of trolling but thats one sexy voice !!!!

    Some more pronouncations please

    Cuir as in cuir de russie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pour_Monsieur View Post
    OK so you can accuse me of trolling but thats one sexy voice !!!!

    Some more pronouncations please

    Cuir as in cuir de russie
    Liu
    Keep trolling! [blushes]
    I'll get onto cuir de russie and others when I get back from that place called "work" this evening!
    Thanks for all the comments, everyone. This is fun. Finally I get to put my french to good use after all these years of isolation down here in Oz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    Tres bien fait!

    Can I suggest you also do Anais Anais, Infusion d'Iris too?

    ...

    I was once looking for a perfume for my ex and a sales assistant mentioned pointed to Anais Anais. I said I didn't like Anais Anais (using the correct pronunciation). She laughed at me and said "Oh, surely you mean Anay Anay?"
    It's why one should always write the accents over the letters in French because it does change the way it would be said... since Anais Anais (as written) would be said as Anay Anay, but with Anaïs Anaïs one must break the rhythm of the word with Ahnahees Ahnahees (best I could do to make it sound the same it English). It's a nuance, but makes a big difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pour_Monsieur View Post
    OK so you can accuse me of trolling but thats one sexy voice !!!!
    I was thinking the same thing. VERY handsome voice you have there, Trufflehunter!

    I would love to hear Safran Troublant. And an additional question: How does one properly pronounce bergamot? With or without the "t"?

    Thank you for this wonderful thread!

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    Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. VERY handsome voice you have there, Trufflehunter!

    I would love to hear Safran Troublant. And an additional question: How does one properly pronounce bergamot? With or without the "t"?

    Thank you for this wonderful thread!
    Thank you, Haunani. I'll add Safran Troublant to my to-do list for this evening.
    Ah, the old 'bergamot' problem...
    In French it's "la bergamote" with a final "e", so the "t" should most definitely be pronounced in English as well! Anyone who says "bergamo" has been severely mislead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    Ah, the old 'bergamot' problem... In French it's "la bergamote" with a final "e", so the "t" should most definitely be pronounced in English as well! Anyone who says "bergamo" has been severely mislead!
    Oh, good. I wanted to say the "t". So, in English, "BER guh maht"; and in French, something like "BAIR ga moat"?

    ???

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunani View Post
    Oh, good. I wanted to say the "t". So, in English, "BER guh maht"; and in French, something like "BAIR ga moat"?

    ???

    Thanks!
    in French it is more like "bair ga mot"... "mot" rather than "moat". No stress on the first syllable as you suggested by your capitalisation. Give each syllable the same stress, like saying "one, two, three"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    in French it is more like "bair ga mot"... "mot" rather than "moat". No stress on the first syllable as you suggested by your capitalisation. Give each syllable the same stress, like saying "one, two, three"
    Interesting. I think I've got an approximation. Merci (butchered, American-style, but appreciative nonetheless)!

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    Some requests have just been catered for.

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    OK folks. I've got the whole weekend ahead of me to record some more little soundbites. If anyone has any requests, now's the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    OK folks. I've got the whole weekend ahead of me to record some more little soundbites. If anyone has any requests, now's the time!
    I will take you up on that offer.

    I just picked up a bottle of Bois D'Orage and am afraid I am butchering the name.

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    Don't forget: État Libre d'Orange Sécrétions Magnifiques!
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    I feel silly asking for these - but I think some fundamentals would help me!

    Eau de Parfum
    Eau de Toilette
    Eau de Cologne



    Thank you for your hard work!

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    Merci!

    Found it useful and interesting.

    A request:
    Un Crime Exotique (wondering how the 'crime' part sounds)
    L'oiseau de Nuit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Don't forget: État Libre d'Orange Sécrétions Magnifiques!
    I hope it sounds better than it smells!
    I'll get around to it asap, and the other new suggestions as well!

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    Thank you for those!

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    I want to have an affair with that voice ~ It's luscious!

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    I can't even begin to imagine how this one is supposed to be pronounced:

    Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

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    Latest requests added! Keep 'em rollin' at me!

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    This is a very fun thread, Trufflehunter. Thank you!

    Do you perhaps know the 'official' pronunciation of Ellena (as in Jean-Claude and Celine)? It seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but I've heard people (including SAs) pronounce it in different ways.

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    Some suggestions. I’m sorry I don’t have the french accents on my keyboard.

    Eau de Merveilles
    Rive Gauche
    Heure Exquise
    Les Nuits d'Hadrien
    Le Baiser du Dragon
    Comme des Garcons
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique
    Tabac Blond (I’ve heard pronunciations like if you write "tabaque blonde")
    Messe de Minuit
    Quand Vient la Pluie
    Quand Vient l’Ete
    Duc de Vervins
    Quelques Fleurs L'Original
    Apercu
    Chevrefeuille
    La Chasse Aux Papillons
    La Haie Fleurie du Hameau
    Sacrebleu
    L’Ombre Fauve
    Querelle

    For fun:
    1740 Marquis de Sade
    ~ Anais ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuandibeme View Post
    I want to have an affair with that voice ~ It's luscious!
    Quote Originally Posted by DocmanCC View Post
    I can't even begin to imagine how this one is supposed to be pronounced: Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
    Ditto, and ditto.

    This thread is quite a contribution. I would love to have easy access to it. May I suggest that it be moved from the Male discussion thread and given "Sticky" status?

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    I forgot this one:

    Champs Elysees

    (again, I don't have "clavier francais", sorry)
    ~ Anais ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwpianoboe View Post
    This is a very fun thread, Trufflehunter. Thank you!

    Do you perhaps know the 'official' pronunciation of Ellena (as in Jean-Claude and Celine)? It seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but I've heard people (including SAs) pronounce it in different ways.
    ay-lay-na, with the same stress on each syllable, keeping the vowels 'pure', is close enough

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    Wow. Turns out not only have I been pronouncing Sécrétions Magnifiques wrong, I can't pronounce it right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    Wow. Turns out not only have I been pronouncing Sécrétions Magnifiques wrong, I can't pronounce it right!
    Well, let's face it... there's nothing 'right' about Sécrétions Magnifiques!

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    A couple of tweaks... some recordings were at a very low volume: fixed
    Serge Lutens: pronunciation fixed. This is an 'irregular' pronunciation and I was pronouncing it the 'regular' way.

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    Very helpful thread. Trufflehunter, you may wish to contribute to the following site:

    http://forvo.com/

    so that many more can benefit.

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    Trufflehunter,

    I was surprised to hear that the hard "c" in Tabac Blond is not pronounced.Who knew? (my French is horrible) Live and learn.

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    Great stuff!! i just bought L'Instant de Guerlain and was wondering how it was meant to be pronounced. Also when it comes to guerlain, none of the SAs ive encountered came even half as close as the correct one you provided. very useful!

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    It's amusing to hear untrained SA's try to pronounce French houses like Guerlain, Givenchy. So many hard and soft consonants and vowels at the wrong places.

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    How is "chypre" pronounced?

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    cheap-rr With a short rolling r, not the American r.
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    Wouldn't it be more like "sheepr"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tott View Post
    Wouldn't it be more like "sheepr"?
    Yeah you're right. I just wanted to see you guys correct me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Yeah you're right. I just wanted to see you guys correct me.
    Always fun trying to phonetically spell french in english when that's not your native language, no?
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    zliang: Thanks for that link, I'll give it a proper look soon!
    mathewfoo and sokkou: I know how annoying it feels when SA's mispronounce french names, especially when they do it with such an air of authority! But I can hardly complain, I have the same problems when I try to order Thai!
    mcjra, stereotomy, tott and veuve amiot: looks like I'll have to do 'chypre'
    ...and try to figure out how to multi-quote!

    It would be good if other french speakers could contribute to this thread as well, turning it into the Ultimate French Pronunciation Thread! All you need is a microphone and somewhere to upload the sound files. I have a dream...

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    Great to come back to this thread again! I am having problems with some of the links.. in fact most of them don't work as they previously did, is there a technical problem?

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