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Offline Sora57

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How do you pronounce ew?
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:31:46 pm »
The phonetics guide just says heyo...I have never heard of that word before. The IPA symbols are ɛw...I'm an eighth grader, so I really don't understand any of this...I mean, I'm taking Spanish and I speak some German and learning Japanese...but that's about it.

So, um, help?

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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 06:55:28 pm »
What language do you speak natively?  English?  Heyo is not really a word, just a sounds-like.  ayooh would be pretty close too.
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Pefya ayoengìl poeti hayawnu, na poel ayoengit hawnu?

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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 12:18:17 am »
well, it wouldn't really, as "ayooh" would be more of a 'triphthong' than a diphthong:)

there is no adequate word in english that i can think of, but "ew" is just a natural diphthong that you get when you put na'vi "e" and na'vi "w" together. there is no any distorsion, you just read it, as any other na'vi word.

we can find examples in english words for each sound separately, and then, in actual vocalization, you just say them one after another, like any other two letters.

"e" is pronounced like in english words "set", "net", "fell"
"w" is pronounced like in english words "world", "word", "weapon", "weak"

you just pronounce them one after another
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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 09:58:44 am »
I've uploaded an audio clip here that should hopefully explain it.

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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 12:43:18 pm »
It's not quite english, but it should be intelligible to most English speakers: ew is pronounced like the eu in "deus ex machina."

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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 12:52:24 pm »
That's a pretty good example. Although IMO the u needs to be a bit laxer than in deus but that's no big deal, both are acceptable for u in Na'vi (or so I am informed) so why should they not be for ew.
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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010, 01:02:48 pm »
Well, another hint is that in the script ew was transcribed as eu, mostly to prevent actors from pronouncing new as the english word "new" and such.

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Re: How do you pronounce ew?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2010, 01:03:18 pm »
yes, but some americans tend to 'americanize' the latin, so i think that it's important to emphasise that the "eu" in "deus" is not pronounced "day-oos", but same as it would in na'vi - "deus".

and yes, it's not "eu", it is still "ew" (and that is somewhat noticable difference), but you will make yourself understood just fine if you pronounce it "eu", too.
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