Pronunciation of eheu

Cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
How is this correctly pronounced?
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
ēheu, surely? With stress on the ē. The diphthong, I think, is [eʊ̯].
 

Cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
Thanks. It is the eu sound I have problems with. The wikipaedia site suggested that eʊ̯ is like ceux in French, which makes it a lot clearer. (Although the wiki on Czech said it is like the eu in pneumatic, which definitely didn't help!)
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
The wikipaedia site suggested that eʊ̯ is like ceux in French
I think the eu in eheu is a diphthong, as Iáson said. The French eu isn't a diphthong; it's a single vowel.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Eu is pretty weird, yes. Some other French vowels are weird too, notably all the nasalized ones. But, as I said to Callaina recently, I think English has more vowels than French, and therefore more weird ones too — that is, vowels that will sound weird to people whose native languages have a much smaller variety of vowels.
 

Etaoin Shrdlu

Civis Illustris
There's a fair amount of weirdness in the impurity of the vowels, which is why an anglophone accent is often easy to recognise in other languages. But that's only standard English; as you've heard, there are dialects with pure ones.

Edit: that's misleading, I suppose, since there are some pretty impure vowels in some dialects. But you probably know what I mean.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima
No matter what you come up with, you can't possibly do worse than me, who for the longest time pronounced it (mentally) as "eh-hoy" (yes, like "ahoy" with the first vowel changed). :redface:

I did the same for the Greek diphthong ευ, which led my Greek teacher to (correctly) guess that I spoke German, since her Greek teacher (who spoke German) had made exactly the same mistake. :D
 

Cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
That is how I thought it should be pronounced at first too ;) How else would you pronounce Europa...
 
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