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    How Schwalbe is pron ounced?

    Hi,
    Do you pronounce Schwalbe like this: shelbi ?
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    I think it's "Sch" as in sh*t, "wal" as in Walmart and "be" as in bee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creamcrackered View Post
    I think it's "Sch" as in sh*t, "wal" as in Walmart and "be" as in bee.
    So I need to pronounce the 'w' .
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    "w" in German is pronounced like "v" in English, the "e" at the end would be like the English short "e". So it should sound like "shvalbeh". Schwalbe is German for "swallow" (the bird, not the act of swallowing).

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    I usually pronounce it like Cream does. Then again, I say it about 0.001 times per month. I switched from pronouncing it with a "V" sound to saying it with a "W" sound though. Sometimes when I said it with a "V" sound, I would add "mein Fuhrer/freund/tochter," "Auchtung," "Sheiza," or something at the end (as I usually do when throwing in a touch of Deutsch; I like to couple things). I thought it might offend people, so I switched to the more Anglophone pronunciation.
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    I'm with Cream, as is my local bike shop. Those of you who go with V pronunciation presumable are of the timid form who pronounce Paris Pah ree, Warsaw Rackow, etc... English has always proudly pronounced names it's own way, but there aren't any rules these days.

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    markf has the correct phonetics!
    To wat du wüllt, de Lüüt snackt doch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markf View Post
    "w" in German is pronounced like "v" in English, the "e" at the end would be like the English short "e". So it should sound like "shvalbeh". Schwalbe is German for "swallow" (the bird, not the act of swallowing).
    How do you put a Canadian accent on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markf View Post
    "w" in German is pronounced like "v" in English, the "e" at the end would be like the English short "e". So it should sound like "shvalbeh". Schwalbe is German for "swallow" (the bird, not the act of swallowing).
    Yep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    How do you put a Canadian accent on that?
    Yes add an 'A' to the end with a hint of inflection towards the end... sort of like a exclamation type question. So phonetically it would be 'shu-Wal-be ey', or spelled out 'Schwalbe Ey?'.

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    I wonder if they should just change the spelling to Schwalbeh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I wonder if they should just change the spelling to Schwalbeh?
    Nope, cause then Germans would say "shvalbay".
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