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    IN LONDON THEY PRONOUNCE THREE AS FREE?
    THIRTY AS FIRTY.
    WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THIS?PLEASE I'M EXPECTING ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOSCOW
    IN LONDON THEY PRONOUNCE THREE AS FREE?
    THIRTY AS FIRTY.
    WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THIS?PLEASE I'M EXPECTING ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS.
    One of our Brits should answer that question.

    You can't have all of my opinions. :wink:

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    If it helps, not *everyone* in London pronounces those words in that fashion! It's part of the Cockney accent; spoken by locals from the area. I have been to London many times, and I haven't heard "free" or "firty" that often. What I have heard is "thirty" pronounced without the "t"; the "th" is still pronounced.
    IMHO, It's not right or wrong, it's just a habit :D

    We can't go around trying to correct everyone's pronunciation; it would be impossible - it's what makes English such a rich & varied language (having all kinds of sounds & styles).

    Take me here in China for example: I have studied Mandarin Chinese for 8 years so far (and counting), but it's really hard to find anyone here who can pronounce words they way they appear in a book; i.e. standard :wink:

    What matters to me, is that I can learn the language according to where I live, which ultimately means I can use the language freely without any communication problems - isn't that what learning a language is all about? :D

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    Posting that thing twice was, of course, unintenintional. It's Delphi's fault, of course. :wink:

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    Deleted - oh, and this ain't Delphi!
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    Deleted - oh, and this ain't Delphi!
    Hm. Now my apology looks silly.

    Silly me! I should have thought of deleting it. :(

    Hey, if I can't blame Delphi who can I blame? Surely it wasn't my fault. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOSCOW
    IN LONDON THEY PRONOUNCE THREE AS FREE?
    THIRTY AS FIRTY.
    WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THIS?PLEASE I'M EXPECTING ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS.
    Cockney, a London dialect, changes 'th' to 'f', so those who use that dialect would say 'one, two free'. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by MOSCOW
    IN LONDON THEY PRONOUNCE THREE AS FREE?
    THIRTY AS FIRTY.
    WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THIS?PLEASE I'M EXPECTING ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS.
    Cockney, a London dialect, changes 'th' to 'f', so those who use that dialect would say 'one, two free'. :D
    Do you think it's only in that dialect that they talk that way?

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    I know a place where the say 'wan, two, tree'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by MOSCOW
    IN LONDON THEY PRONOUNCE THREE AS FREE?
    THIRTY AS FIRTY.
    WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THIS?PLEASE I'M EXPECTING ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS.
    Cockney, a London dialect, changes 'th' to 'f', so those who use that dialect would say 'one, two free'. :D
    Do you think it's only in that dialect that they talk that way?

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    No, but it's very common here.

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