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How do you pronounce genre?

 
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davidkent



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 11:39 am    Post subject: How do you pronounce genre? Reply with quote

How do you pronounce "genre," as in music genre?
I've read it often in a printed form but never heard it said.
Is it like JEN-RIE or JE-NARE...
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obelix



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zhonruh.
The "n" is barely discernable when pronounced correctly.
The stress is on the first syllable.
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davidkent



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

obelix wrote:
zhonruh.
The "n" is barely discernable when pronounced correctly.
The stress is on the first syllable.


Thanks, it so diffrent from what I had in mind. Now I really can use a real demonstrator. Smile I wish there's a web site to teach the pronounciation just like what dictionary.com does with word meanings.
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bud



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a word that English has borrowed, probably from French. So it is not pronounced in an expected way. The "g" sounds like "zh," and the "re" sounds like "rah."

Here's a link to a talking dictionary where you can hear it pronounced:

http://beta.encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/dictionaryhome.aspx
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davidkent



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the talking dictionary.
According to the wave file the word sounded like "Zhan"
It totally left out the "ruh" part.
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bud



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, the "ruh" is there, but it is such a short sound that your ear is not experienced enough to pick it up.

Try saying "zhan" a few times, and then listten to the file again. Maybe you can at least hear the "r" (if not the "uh") at the end that makes it a little different from what you had been repeating.
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