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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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MOSCOW said:
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. :cry:

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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MOSCOW said:
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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tdol said:
MOSCOW said:
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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RonBee said:
tdol said:
MOSCOW said:
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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I know a place where the say 'wan, two, tree'.

:lol: Oh my God, that's so funny, so Lib, where do you know you can hear "wan two tree"????


And what will happen when you ask for the bottle beer with 3 pounds to a bartender? " It's free! " or " It's three!" ???
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So, it's very common in the UK to say free for three? (Sorry for being so dense.)

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lucyarliwu said:
Lib said:
I know a place where the say 'wan, two, tree'.

:lol: Oh my God, that's so funny, so Lib, where do you know you can hear "wan two tree"????


And what will happen when you ask for the bottle beer with 3 pounds to a bartender? " It's free! " or " It's three!" ???
:wink: :lol:

They might say 'tree' in Ireland. ;-)
 

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RonBee said:
So, it's very common in the UK to say free for three? (Sorry for being so dense.)

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Not very- it's fairly common in parts of London, but I don't think many other areas, if any, say it. ;-)
 

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Good one Lucy! However, I wouldn't try it! Anyway the barman would probably say 'free pounds'. By the way, do they still say 'quid' in Britain? Or did they ever say it?
 

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By the way, do they still say 'quid' in Britain? Or did they ever say it?
Some people still use it. If you bought something on a market to the value of one Pound, they might say "That'll be a quid mate" :lol:
 
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Good one Lucy! However, I wouldn't try it! Anyway the barman would probably say 'free pounds'.

Thanks Lib! :p :p
Hmmm.... I probably would have a try one day to see what 'll happen in UK, that'll be very funny! :) :roll:
 

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Lib said:
Good one Lucy! However, I wouldn't try it! Anyway the barman would probably say 'free pounds'. By the way, do they still say 'quid' in Britain? Or did they ever say it?

Yes, we do still say it. A cockney probably wouldn't bother putting the -s on pound. ;-)
 

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One of these day / months I'll work out how this 'quote' thing works ... or then again maybe I won't.
Tdol .. it's not really fair to say that you'd hear 'tree' in Ireland. In fact it's the same as saying that the British say 'free'.
 
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