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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!

    Matthew

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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.

  21. #51

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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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    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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