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Please can anyone advise me on the correct pronunciation of the name Mauriat?
I am aware that this may vary between America and Europe. :)
 

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Moo-ree-ah perhaps? or is More-ree- ah closer?
 

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It's a French name, right? Are there any French people about to put this pronunciation straight?

According to http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/letters.htm and my complete inexperience with French:

Mare-ah or Mare-aht (is the T silent? I couldn't figure that out. I think Mare-aht sounds better. :p)
 

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Being a French name, I think there is no doubt that the final T is silent...but I have been wrong many times.
 

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As an anglophone who spent many years living in French-speaking Montreal, I can assure you that there is in fact no way for an Englishman to say that name correctly: forget about Mauriat, you'll give yourself away trying to say "Paul" right! :)


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I'm French...
The exact prononciation is:
MO (like MO-TOWN)
RI (like RI-VER)
A (like A-LTA LA VISTA)
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No T at the end..
Not RI (like Ma-RI-a)?

While I'm at it, how do you pronounce Illinois Jacquet?
 

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Well, for me the RI of RIVER is the same as the RI of MARIA. Depends on how you pronounce Maria by the way. I'm definitely more confident in the RIVER thing ;-)

Illinois Jacquet

I --> like in count basIE
LLI --> like in LIving
NOIS --> like joackim NOAH, but don't stay too long on the 'O'
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JA --> like JAmaica
CQUET --> like KATE
 

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steevemcbry said:
Well, for me the RI of RIVER is the same as the RI of MARIA. Depends on how you pronounce Maria by the way. I'm definitely more confident in the RIVER thing ;-)
That's what I figured. These are pronounced quite different in English. Actually, I was thinking of the Spanish pronunciation of Maria.
 

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Well, for me the RI of RIVER is the same as the RI of MARIA. Depends on how you pronounce Maria by the way. I'm definitely more confident in the RIVER thing ;-)

Illinois Jacquet

I --> like in count basIE
LLI --> like in LIving
NOIS --> like joackim NOAH, but don't stay too long on the 'O'
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JA --> like JAmaica
CQUET --> like KATE
You mean its not ILL-E-NOISE JACKET? Damn, I've been wrong all these years............
 

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steevemcbry said:
The way we talk is so different, surely due to thong abilility... so what about the way we play!!!! could be an interesting thread...
Jacquet, of course, was not exactly French, born in Louisiana of a Creole father and Sioux mother. He rose to prominance in America at large (LA and NY) and I imagine that his name was Anglicized. So I still wonder what the most accepted pronunciation is. Perhaps there is a live recording with a spoken introduction.
 

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perhaps, but i once heard people from Lousiana spoke in their french, and i could hardly understand a word... So the Jacquet of theirs will certainly not be the Jacquet of mine... By the way, i pronounce Jacquet like Jacket in english. because i've always heard his name pronounced like that.
In real french, Jacquet should be pronounced
JA-maica
CHE-mical
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I think the s is silent in Illinios.
 

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And for one last time, it's SharLEE ParkERRR. Got it? Ooo la la..;)
 

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...but they call the wind Ma RI a.
 
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