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Post Posted:: May 26th, 2017, 5:19 am 

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you're amazing! thanks Jordan. I'll do my best with it.

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 8:32 am 

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Montpelier:

* French city
* Vermont capital
* Square, in London <--- can someone tell me how this one is pronounced?

Thank you kindly!

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 11:58 am 

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I have several sources for pronunciation that have proven to be quite useful.

For English words - http://howjsay.com/
I have good confidence in their pronunciations, but it is mostly limited to English words and you'll find words that aren't listed on their site.

For everything else - https://www.howtopronounce.com/
Many languages and remarkable coverage (found pronunciation for 17th century Ojibwa proper names, for example). Also provides varying pronunciations of the same word used in different languages. I have less confidence in the "correctness" of some of these pronunciation though. In some cases you get multiple choices for the same word in the same language. Recording quality is variable from very good to indecipherable. However, I don't recall the last time I searched for a word and came up blank. I don't know how they do that unless it is computer generated or their contributors read the same books that I do. :roll:

Lastly, I recently found out that Google Translate has audio capability - https://translate.google.com/
Type in the word and it gives you a speaker icon in the bottom of the text box. Click on the icon and it pronounces the word. It offers pronunciation for both the word you enter and the derived word in the language you chose for translation. I haven't used it much, but it might fill some gaps in the others.

As for Montpelier, I don't have a guess, but wouldn't be surprised if it was pronounced differently in each place, France, Vermont and London.

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 12:34 pm 

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Yes, they are pronounced differently, someone local perhaps will know how the locals say it. Unfortunately all resources I have found refer to the French city or the Vermont capital.

So, to reiterate for anyone only reading the tail end of this thread: :D

do you happen to know how to pronounce the Montpelier of Montpelier Square in London?

Thank you!

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 1:17 pm 

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If I was a betting person I'd go with the first pronunciation offered by howjsay.com, an anglicized French pronunciation, rather than their second one (a French version) or the peeler version which I'm guessing is what's used in Vermont. Now to wait for someone who knows what they're talking about. :lol:

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 1:27 pm 
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I am from England. I know someone who lives in Montpellier Court in Exmouth. (I know it has an extra L in there.) We pronounce it as the first pronunciation here:
https://forvo.com/word/montpelier/#en
by gemmelo from the U.K.

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Post Posted:: June 5th, 2017, 1:33 pm 

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Fritz, I am NOT the betting type. :D I know how much people hate it when you pronounce local landmarks wrong. But thank you. I like the sites you listed too, but I wish howjsay would move to a non-flash platform since browsers have moved so far against flash.

Bev, thank you so very much! :9: :clap:

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Post Posted:: August 6th, 2017, 8:50 am 

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Can someone tell me how I should pronounce the name of the polar explorer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Peary ?
Is it "pear" as in fruit or as in "spear?

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Post Posted:: August 6th, 2017, 9:16 am 
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Piotrek81 wrote:
Can someone tell me how I should pronounce the name of the polar explorer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Peary ?
Is it "pear" as in fruit or as in "spear?

I have heard in pronounce "Peery" (so that would be your second option) but I'm not an expert.

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Post Posted:: August 6th, 2017, 9:25 am 

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Thanks. I am now watching a YT video about race to the poles and they also pronounce it this way.

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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 12:35 am 

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Could someone help with the pronunciation of this (probably?) German sentence, please? It's for a non-LibriVox reading that someone has asked me for.

Noch einmal sattelt mir den Hyppogryfen,
Ihr Musen, Zum Ritt
Ins alte Romantische Land!

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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 12:46 am 
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Here you are:

https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/pronunciation_peter_why.mp3

I hope it's understandable, I did it very quickly on my internal laptop mic... if you need something more clear, I can do it later tonight.

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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 1:40 am 

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That's great; thank you, Ava. It sounds fine.

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