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Pronunciation question

Postby doridea » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:22 am

:?: Quick question on pronunciation. In the word nauta it is listed as saying the au as "ow",as in, cow. Now a days we use the sound "aw"; which would be more accurate, or would it be something in between, like a softer "aw"?
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Postby Kyneto Valesio » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:38 pm

HIIIIIIIiiiiii !\

It is like flat A run together with a long O as in the Bow of a ship or if some stepped on ;your toe and you said OW!

Others will disagree but I don't think too much attention should be spent on the subtleties of vowels.

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Postby Chris Weimer » Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:38 pm

Put ah and ooh together and say it quickly. "ahooh", or as you had it the first time, "ow".
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Postby rustymason » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:44 pm

I like the "ow" better. Maybe it's because of my fondness for cows, I don't know. :-)

As to the important of pronunciation (in case anyone asks me), I would recommend trying to get as close to the book pronunciation as you can. Don't worry if you are exactly "correct" (if there is such a thing) in the beginning, you can change your pronunciation when you move to the advanced Latin stage.

Right now just try to be as close to the book pronunciation as you can, making sure that your vowel sounds are all clearly different from one another. If your vowel sounds are not easily distinguishable you will have trouble with your conjugations. (I have to be especially careful with my e's and i's.)

Stay consistent in all of your pronunciation lest you have difficultly with syllables, accents, memorization, and translation.

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