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Laos and Vietnam question....

Posted by blackpepper14 on 24/11/2009 at 17:49

Hi...admittedly lazy, as I could probably find this somewhere, but easy for someone in the know to give a phonetic pronunciation guide for a few cities I have listed? Thanks in advance...

Hoi An
Lao Cai
Halong Bay

Vang Vieng
Luang Prabang
Muang Sing
Muang Long
Huay Xai


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Posted by Rufus on 24/11/2009 at 18:10

As the Laos English words are transliterally described, they are mostly pronounced as they are written.
The french added the "s", so it is generally called Lao, though I have even seen some Lao say Laos.
Huay Xai is pronounced Huay Sai, but with a "harder" upper palate "s".

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/11/2009 at 07:39

My Vietname cleaning woman pronounces Hue "Hooay" which almost sounds like "Way"

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Posted by blackpepper14 on 25/11/2009 at 09:30

Thanks...this helps. If someone could answer more on the Vietnam ones it would be great. I don't really want to cross-post on the other Forum...Thanks in advance!

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