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    Default French or English pronunciation?

    There was some discussion a short while back about pronouncing the "double" in SDV. Some people seemed a little upset about others saying 'dub-ul' instead of 'doo-bla', or however it's said. I was wondering, how do these go?

    L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme
    Dior Homme Sport, Intense
    Plum Japonais (is it prune in French?)
    Allure Homme Sport (does allure have a different meaning since it could be French?)
    Rochas Man
    Histoires de Parfums Petroleum
    Fahrenheit Absolute
    La Nuit de l'homme Frozen

    Please list any other confusing ones. Or please indicate when and where they are not allowed to be confusing and are so obvious that no one should wonder if it is French or English. I think there are instances of both.

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    Default Re: French or English pronunciation?

    I suppose the French speaking members ought to pronounce everything French in proper French. The English speaking members do the best they can, and it is perfectly alright in the U.S.A.

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    Default Re: French or English pronunciation?

    Many of the words in those names are not french, but english (or whatever), so it would seem silly to pronounce them with french accent.
    TF has a few "mixed up" perfumes. Plum is english, as is Hyacinth in Ombre de. Same for frozen.
    petroleum is latin, so again, I would think it excessive to say it the french way (ie petrole-om)

    double, I believe, is also a french word, so the whole name is french and could be pronunced that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursula View Post
    I suppose the French speaking members ought to pronounce everything French in proper French. The English speaking members do the best they can, and it is perfectly alright in the U.S.A.
    Agree with this.
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    Default Re: French or English pronunciation?

    I like the country of origin description. So if it originated in France. French would be perfectly acceptable and in my opinion warranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursula View Post
    I suppose the French speaking members ought to pronounce everything French in proper French. The English speaking members do the best they can, and it is perfectly alright in the U.S.A.
    While those of us who speak English as a first language shouldn't worry too much about French pronunciation I don't think there's anything wrong with making an effort and having a go. It's part of the fun is it not? :-)

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    Default Re: French or English pronunciation?

    It's fun to watch the reactions of people when applying native pronunciation to other foreign products/brands too

    BMW/BMV?

    Volkswagen/folksvagen?

    Mazda/Matsuda?

    Of course, you do run the risk of being considered pretentious.

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    LOL reminds me of this video i saw a while back.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotat...&v=6v6DrsDA48M

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    Default Re: French or English pronunciation?

    Hold on. Let me ask my Korean clock lady.

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    Pronounce it to your best abilities.

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    I agree with Hedonist. Do the best you can.

    Sometimes companies mix things, such as Prada's Amber Pour Homme. It's not "ambre."

    Keiko Mecheri has a scent called "Bal de Roses," and not "Bal DES Roses."
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    This is indeed a fun part of perfume browsing at the counters. I tend to say it as it is written so that in light of the titles listed by the OP we have a kind of Anglo/French thing happening. It really becomes quite amusing when there is no other way apart from the French to say, Dans tes bras and there is blank response. What am I supposed to say, 'In yer bras'? Really, that one has stumped me on occasion.

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    English. In an hour of need I have a French speaking gf who I can consult.

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    If you really want to know how to pronounce brands names and stuff, check this out...

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Pronunci...?feature=watch

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    Didn't know you had a sense of humour Alfarom
    The first post in this thread has a good selection of "click to hear" French perfume names :
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/227...ciation-Thread

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