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    Question Pronunciation of these names...

    Hi,
    Would anyone please tell me how these names are pronounced in English?

    Paco Rabanne
    And,
    Dolce & Gabbana

    Thanks in advance.

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    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    It is always out of courtesy that the proper names should be pronounced as in their original languages. But as far as I'm concerned (maybe it's prejudicial to think this way-I hope our AE speakers reply) Americans mostly do it the other way round.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of these names...

    As far as I've got, they must be pronounced something like:


    /"dQltS@I g@"bA:n@/

    And,

    /p{k@U r{b@n@/

    Though, I'm not sure if in the second one it'd be /r/ or /h/!
    Any ideas, please?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of these names...

    I've heard /pækəʊ ræbæn/ /dɒlʧe gəbænə or gəbɑ:nə /

    PS I can't read your symbols. You can get phonetics for the web here: http://www.e-lang.co.uk/mackichan/call/pron/type.html

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of these names...

    I have also heard [dɒlʧi:] or maybe [dɒlʧi]

    Tdol, Mehrgan's sybols are these, although I'm not sure if he really meant /dQltS@I/ and not /dQltSeI/.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of these names...

    From the YouTube ads I checked out

    Paco Rabanne /pækoʊ rəbæn, pɑkoʊ rəbɑ:n/

    Dolce & Gabanna /dɔltʃeɪn gəbænə, dɔltʃiən-/
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    Hi,
    Thanks to all for the kind help. All that aside, these are some great perfumes ever made! Also, Lady Million, smells great for women...


    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of these names...

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I have also heard [dɒlʧi:] or maybe [dɒlʧi]

    ...
    I've heard that too - 'i' and 'e' seem to be more-or-less interchangeable in the English pronunciation of anything Latinate: last month I was singing in a choir in which the entire soprano section insisted on singing In dulcE jubilo (in spite of the fact that the words In dulci jubilo actually mean something different )

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