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    Default how they pronounce it?

    Hello, everybody. There is a part of commercial, hugo boss....

    My question is "how they pronounce HUGO?"

    It doesn't look like "hyou-go"


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    Default Re: how they pronounce it?

    I refuse to talk in terms of 'sounds like', because any such answer would only be accurate if I can assume you pronouce the words properly; and in any case, the same answer might be read by someone else who doesn't; and word breaks (as between 'hyou' and 'go') are another area for misunderstandings). Besides, 'hy-' is very rare at the beginning of an English word - so again I would be guessing at what sound you are trying to represent; 'hy-' normally represents the syllable /haɪ/, as in 'hydrant' or 'hydrogen'. For all I know, your 'hyou' might represent /'haɪju:/ I know not everyone is comfortable with the IPA. Tough - it's a great tool.

    I think he's saying /'hju:gəʊ/ - it's hard to tell in such a short clip. (There is the complication that - I think - the brand is French - but he's certainly not saying [yg'ɔ] (as a French speaker would).

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    Last edited by BobK; 07-Jul-2012 at 18:05.

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    Default Re: how they pronounce it?

    Wow! I like IPA, and I'm comfortable with that! :)

    But, I think instead of he's saying
    /'hju:gəʊ/, I heard something like
    /'ju:gə/

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    Default Re: how they pronounce it?

    Quote Originally Posted by guliver View Post
    Wow! I like IPA, and I'm comfortable with that! :)

    But, I think instead of he's saying
    /'hju:gəʊ/, I heard something like
    /'ju:gə/
    I don't hear a , but as I said it's hard to tell with such a small clip. In some phonetic contexts, /j/ can become : for example 'that you' often becomes /ə'ʧu:/. (In fact there was a song called 'Swonderful' that made a feature of this sound change: /'swʌndəfʊl sma:vələs 'ʧu:ʃədkeə fɔ: mi:/ etc.

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    Default Re: how they pronounce it?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't hear a
    Neither do I.

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    Default Re: how they pronounce it?

    Quote Originally Posted by guliver View Post
    Wow! I like IPA, and I'm comfortable with that! :)

    But, I think instead of he's saying
    /'hju:gəʊ/, I heard something like
    /'ju:gə/
    Open your audacity and record that youtube audio, then change the tempo (Effect --> Change tempo). You can hear it slowly whether it is hyu or chu.

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