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    How do you pronounce it? What would you think of a person who says it Italian way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    How do you pronounce it? What would you think of a person who says it Italian way?
    I'd think they were posing, unless they were Italian.
    It's pronounced roughly the same, but without the consonant doubling. A normal English /r/ and /t/. And the /o/ would be a little different - a normal English /o/, which as you know changes with location.

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    So would it be terahcoutah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    So would it be terahcoutah?
    No, it would be /tɛɹǝ kɒta/
    How does 'ou' say /o/?

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    I'm not very good at these phonetic alphabets, so I wasn't sure what you mean by /o/. Maybe 'ow' would be better than 'ou'. Now I get it. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    I'm not very good at these phonetic alphabets, so I wasn't sure what you mean by /o/. Maybe 'ow' would be better than 'ou'. Now I get it. Thank you.
    Oh, you should definitely learn it. There's really no other way - unless we both know what the other means when they try to use their own idiosyncratic systems - and I think that the outcome of that has just been demonstrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Oh, you should definitely learn it. There's really no other way - unless we both know what the other means when they try to use their own idiosyncratic systems - and I think that the outcome of that has just been demonstrated.
    I know I should. But it's not very easy for me. First of all, I use Merriam-Webster, which uses it's own signs, that don't correspond with these used anywhere else. Second of all, as I get almost the same quantity of BrE and AmE speech, it's sometimes hard to say what the sign that I see means - is it the British vowel or the American one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it would be /tɛɹǝ kɒta/
    How does 'ou' say /o/?
    Nice that you post the phonetic symbols, the best way to describe how a word sounds.

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