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Proper pronounciation

Posted by bellydancingeva on 3/10/2006 at 00:27

What is the proper pronounciation of the following:

Luang Prabang?
Vang Vieng?
Vietianne?
Siem Reap?

If anyone could spell it out for me phoenetically that would be great!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/10/2006 at 05:49 admin

Ummm, here's one attempt:

Luang Prabang -- Loo-ang Pra-bang
Vang Vieng? -- Vang (like fang with a v) Vi-eng
Vientiane? - Vee-en-tee-en
Siem Reap? - See-em Ree-up

Valiant attempt? ;-)

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Posted by bellydancingeva on 3/10/2006 at 06:23

Thanks. I was kinda looking for how the locals would say it. I guess I shoulda specified that. I read somewhere that Vientiane is pronounced "weng chan". Is that right? What about the others?

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Posted by Tilapia on 6/10/2006 at 00:58

Spelling these names phonetically doesn't always work. People will still pronounce them differently. And keep in mind that many places have names that have been bastardized, often by the French, English, Spanish, or whoever happened to have taken up residence and saw fit to change the names of villages, towns and cities, in order to make their pronunciation easier for themselves. Bangkok is a good example of this.

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Posted by Tilapia on 6/10/2006 at 01:05

Sorry ... that shouldn't stop me from giving it a shot ...

Luang Prabang - Luu-ahng Pra-bahng
Vang Vieng? - Vahng Vee-ehng
Vientiane? - Vee-ehn - jee-ehn
Siem Reap? - See-em Ree-yep

See what I mean ...

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Posted by tuy on 6/10/2006 at 06:05

Here's my attempt:
Luang Prabang - Lov-ely to-wn
Vang Vieng? - Too maaa--ny tuuu-rists
Vientiane? - Slow and slee-py
Siem Reap? - tru-ly awe-some

;-)

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Posted by Tilapia on 6/10/2006 at 19:44

tuy ... nice one! Too maaa--ny tuuu-rists. Great!!!

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Posted by bellydancingeva on 7/10/2006 at 01:17

;)

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