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Here I noticed people talking about the pronunciation of words such as Moskv�, Vodka etc.

Well I still remember ... I was literally bowled over when I first saw the pronunciation for the word "RENDEZVOUS"

How in the world can you pronunce this word as
r�n'da-voo
 
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Interesting. I know how the word sounds and I am not sure why. Probably from books. There is a thing for me to investigate: educated people in Russia spoke French in XIX century. Some of them couldn't even speak Russian. If you read "War and Peace" by L.Tolstoy, there are pages written in French. Why French? Why not another language?
 
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Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
Why French? Why not another language?



French was the language spoken at European courts for a long while.
[ August 29, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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1. Gutteral r for the frecnh.
2. French don't pronounce the last letter of a word.
3. Rendezvous is composed of two words, Rendez, meaning meet, and vous meaning you pl.

4. thus, not pronouncing the last letters, and pronounce our r's in our throutes (sp), we're up to rond-ay-vou
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Originally posted by Joseph George:
4. thus, not pronouncing the last letters, and pronounce our r's in our throutes (sp), we're up to rond-ay-vou



Then why not speliing it as Rondayvu ? Why RENDEZVOUS ?

and why Rendezvous , why not RENQIAXVOUPT ?
 
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Varun,Q is always followed by U
 
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Originally posted by Arjun Shastry:
Varun,Q is always followed by U



by me?

anyways, how about this word?
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Thats not a legal word.
 
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