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    Phill liggett cant speak Spanish

    Ive been watching the TDF for many years now and Ive reached a point where I need to vent.

    1. Phill is just too condecending to Paul. Paul seems like a really nice guy, but he should ***** slap phill. I would pay money to see it.

    2. Phill may speak great french and German, but when it comes to spanish, he needs some work. In particular, the surname "Martinez" has the emphasis on the second vowel not the third.
    Second, The Spanish (from Spain) pronounce their C's with a lisp, but Hispanic riders from the Americas,(america, South America, Mexico, Cuba etc) dont.

    so if anyone has a direct line to Phil, please pass on my concerns

    Rant off.

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    Let me get him on the bat-phone for you....
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    Neither can Paul. It is pronounced "Anhell" not "Angle!" But I have to say that watching the Giro every year on satellite that the Italian announcers are no better at pronouncing names in any language other than a "Romance" language.

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    Well in my opinnion their spanish isnt that bad. At least they try to say the stuff the best they can. I bet you might have problems with some Hindi or some Malay last name with 30 vowels and 15 consonants all together. I bet a mislip letter pronunciation wont help at all

    The only complain i have is that in versus.com they said that BAHAMONTES was 80 years old? well the last name is BAHAMONDES!!!!! What I think is that they mispelled it because a D in spanish and a T in english tend to sound similar when spelling stuff with a spanish accent.

    TOMATO - TOMATOES

    At least they try and are worried somehow of how to pronunciate last names and names correctly, I give them credit for that. Regarding your mislip rule thing... is all i can say about it una CE es una CE allá, aquí y en la quebrada del ají!

    Thanks
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    Yeah, one of my pet peeves is that sports announcers don't seem to take the time to learn how to pronounce the last names of well-known players. I don't expect them to speak all the languages but if a rider or a baseball (my other favorite sport) player is a famous pro I think they ought to at least take the time to learn how the person pronounces his own name. The only excuse I can think of is that they are intentionally pronouncing the names using English phonetics thinking that it will be less confusing to us idiots.
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    I despise the way all sports announcers say Gutierrez. For God's sake, it's not Gooty-Air-Ez. ESPN's Jon Miller is the only guy that knows how to pronounce latin names.

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    Well, we could go back to the 70's when the Ijsboerke Ice Cream company was a team sponsor. Now there's a name that just rolls off your tongue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    Well in my opinnion their spanish isnt that bad. At least they try to say the stuff the best they can. I bet you might have problems with some Hindi or some Malay last name with 30 vowels and 15 consonants all together. I bet a mislip letter pronunciation wont help at all

    The only complain i have is that in versus.com they said that BAHAMONTES was 80 years old? well the last name is BAHAMONDES!!!!! What I think is that they mispelled it because a D in spanish and a T in english tend to sound similar when spelling stuff with a spanish accent.

    TOMATO - TOMATOES

    At least they try and are worried somehow of how to pronunciate last names and names correctly, I give them credit for that. Regarding your mislip rule thing... is all i can say about it una CE es una CE allá, aquí y en la quebrada del ají!

    Thanks
    Two points
    1. It is not Hindi or Malay. It is Spanish and Spanish (not Basque or Catalan) is one of the easiest languages to pronounce correctly. With only a little bit of effort one could learn to say all the names of the Spanish racers in the TdF correctly. Sure there are regional differences within Spain. But having lived in Andalucia for two years and speaking Castellano Spanish, I learned that the basics will work fine.
    2. It is Bahamontes. Check out the official Spanish language Vuelta website here
    http://www.lavuelta.com/04/espanol/h...icaciones&e=17
    Unless the organizers of the race (and every cycling history site around - English, French, Italian and Spanish versions) got it wrong, it is Bahamontes.
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    "and you cant wright english..."

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    What region of Spain should he use when he says "Chipotle"?

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    That would be extreme western Spain (or the region now known as Mexico but formerly "belonging" to Spain). However, the word itself is from the Nahuatl indigenous language and is pronounced various ways by Spanish speakers in Mexico (or so days wiki).

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    That is why I also wonder if these European commentators are screwing me up. Watch MotoGp and you here YamERHa, DuCatey and Hon-DER. Phil and the gang were saying Tom Bone-in until about a year ago. Then it's Boon-in. Did Boonen straighten them out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreHills View Post
    That is why I also wonder if these European commentators are screwing me up. Watch MotoGp and you here YamERHa, DuCatey and Hon-DER. Phil and the gang were saying Tom Bone-in until about a year ago. Then it's Boon-in. Did Boonen straighten them out?
    he probably showed up in a cocaine induced rage and they were scared straight soon after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan View Post
    he probably showed up in a cocaine induced rage and they were scared straight soon after.

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    In that case I'd have to say that Phil can't speak English either. Have you heard how he pronounces some of the Australians names? Clearly it's not in the appropriate regional accent. Same goes for the names of riders from different parts of the UK, Canada and the US.

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    Les entiendo perfectamente, no estoy seguro cual es el problema aqui?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinerguy View Post
    Les entiendo perfectamente, no estoy seguro cual es el problema aqui?
    EL problema?

    Edit: As stated below, I humbly correct on this irregular Spanish noun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    t. Same goes for the names of riders from different parts US.
    Hmm, interesting indeed. Care to give an example of a US rider on the tour whose name is pronounced differently in different parts of the U.S.?

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    Strange as it may seem to Americans, the rest of the world is not as familiar with the Spanish language. Phil and Paul are English. In England we tend to be much more familiar with French, German and Italian. Spanish comes a distant 5th. When Spanish eventually becomes the official language of America, perhaps the Brits will be forced to learn it - but by then, the USA may no longer be the pre-eminent superpower and we'll have to learn something else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    Hmm, interesting indeed. Care to give an example of a US rider on the tour whose name is pronounced differently in different parts of the U.S.?
    Man, you definitely need to get out of Wyoming once in a while.

    This Wikipedia article should help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinerguy
    Les entiendo perfectamente, no estoy seguro cual es el problema aqui?

    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    EL problema?
    Sí, EL problema

    It always bugs me, as a castellano aficionado, that Phil pronounces Alejandro as if it were Alezandro.
    http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/

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    Ijsboerke Ice Cream? Should read: Ijsboerke Ijsroom
    Ijs = Ice
    Boerke= Farmer
    Rather appropriate name if you know Dutch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    Man, you definitely need to get out of Wyoming once in a while.

    This Wikipedia article should help you.
    In the context of this thread I asked if you could give an example of an American racer on the Tour whose name is pronounced differently by American race announcers. I'm not takling about Billy redneck or Bobby blueneck who might do so at the local watering hole.

    Well except for Craig Hummer that is .

    And yes I have gotten out of Wyoming just a bit:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocoach View Post
    Strange as it may seem to Americans, the rest of the world is not as familiar with the Spanish language. Phil and Paul are English. In England we tend to be much more familiar with French, German and Italian. Spanish comes a distant 5th. When Spanish eventually becomes the official language of America, perhaps the Brits will be forced to learn it - but by then, the USA may no longer be the pre-eminent superpower and we'll have to learn something else...
    Actually a very witty post!

    But, go to almost any tourist spot in Spain and you will find a bunch of Brits there. Heck the small town I lived in for two years (near Jerez) even had an English language school staffed by Brit teachers (who I might add were very nice folks).

    Plus they drink enough Spanish sherry in the UK that they should intuitively know how to pronounce Spanish.
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