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    How would one pronounce Dvořák correctly? I didn't want to ask anyone I know for fear of them thinking I'd lost the my mind. I've did some some "research" and I think it sounds like Voor-jshack? With the "jack" pronounced softly like the name Jacques in French. How would you pronounce Dvořák?

    Also if there are any other names you find hard to pronounce or you know that some people butcher when trying to pronounce please feel free to contribue your knowledge.
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    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dvorak Just click on the litle audio icon and you will know and you can do the same with all the name. I think you will be pretty surprise about some other names.


    [dvawr-zhahk DO not put too much emphasise on The K.
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    Everyone around here (by which I mean the 1% of the population that listens to stuff other than modern country or pop music) says it something like soft-D "dvor-zhack".
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    Thanks Machiavel your a prince! That's how I was saying it in my head, I'm rather pleased with myself.

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    The radio announcers in my neck of the woods pronounce it almost as three syllables "d-VOR-zhack" which is mmost likely wrong. I still struggle with Debussy. I never quite know where to accent it or how that first vowel is supposed to sound.

    I used to mispronounce Penderecki more or less the way it's spelled, but I hear people pronouncing it "Pen-der-EV-ski." I'm not sure where the "v" and "s" sounds come from. Maybe the same place as the "zh" in Dvorak, the "f" in laugh, and the "i" in women.

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    I pronounce it like [ˈdvɔr̝aːk]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    I used to mispronounce Penderecki more or less the way it's spelled, but I hear people pronouncing it "Pen-der-EV-ski." I'm not sure where the "v" and "s" sounds come from. Maybe the same place as the "zh" in Dvorak, the "f" in laugh, and the "i" in women.
    Penderecki is pronounced [pɛndɛˈrɛt͡skʲi].

    The pronunciation of Lutosławski amuses me, though.

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    My pronunciation of Debussy is basically Gary Busey with a "duh" in front of it. God help me if I ever have to talk about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenfer View Post
    Thanks Machiavel your a prince!
    You are welcome. Feels good to be called a Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    The pronunciation of Lutosławski amuses me, though.
    It's quite simple: Lutosuavsky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    It's quite simple: Lutosuavsky.
    I know. I played Chain no. 3 this summer and we found the proper pronunciation rather amusing, that is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machiavel View Post
    You are welcome. Feels good to be called a Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I know. I played Chain no. 3 this summer and we found the proper pronunciation rather amusing, that is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machiavel View Post
    You are welcome. Feels good to be called a Prince


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    Dee-vor-ak. Pen-der-eck-ee. See--bee-lee-oos. Bay-thoven. Mozzzzzzart. Djo-han See-bas-tee-on Bash.

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