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Old 07-07-08, 08:19 PM
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Help me with my French

"Time" as in the bicycle. Is it more commonly pronounced tīm as we say it in English, or is it tēm with a long "e" sound (like the city Nice, in France)? Do the French say "teem" or "time"?
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who cares what the french say?
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Old 07-07-08, 08:40 PM
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i only ride freedom bikes
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I could ask my dad, but he'd tell me to sell my bike and pay some bills, so your on your own.
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Old 07-07-08, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rusto View Post
"Time" as in the bicycle. Is it more commonly pronounced tīm as we say it in English, or is it tēm with a long "e" sound (like the city Nice, in France)? Do the French say "teem" or "time"?
In France, it is pronounced "Time" (Teem), in the United States the brand is prounced "Time" (ty-m).

I'm sorry you had to endure a couple useless posts until you got an answer.
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Old 07-07-08, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
In France, it is pronounced "Time" (Teem), in the United States the brand is prounced "Time" (ty-m).

I'm sorry you had to endure a couple useless posts until you got an answer.
Thanks!

As for the posts preceding yours, I try to keep the quote in my sig in mind when posting here.
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Old 07-07-08, 11:03 PM
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In France it is pronounced kar-BONE FI-bear. In the US it is pronounced in-FEAR-e-ur to ti-TAIN-e-um. Relax boys, just a joke. To each their own.
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Old 07-07-08, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisvu05 View Post
who cares what the french say?
Um...the OP. Myself. That makes at least two. Don't let the ennui get you down...
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Old 07-08-08, 12:51 AM
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You planning on defecting?
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French tanks have one forward gear and five reverse gears. Ok, I'm done now.
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Old 07-08-08, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by otismedina View Post
You planning on defecting?
Dude. You don't "defect" to France. You "cat up".
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Old 07-08-08, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
Dude. You don't "defect" to France. You "cat up".
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Old 07-08-08, 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisvu05 View Post
who cares what the french say?
What a frikin' Yank thing to say...
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Originally Posted by unbelievably View Post
What a frikin' Yank thing to say...
ironic, considering that he's in dixie.
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Originally Posted by photonick View Post
I could ask my dad, but he'd tell me to sell my bike and pay some bills, so your on your own.
lol same here
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Old 07-08-08, 08:48 AM
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I always thought Time was just the use of an English word by a French company. Kuota is a similar example, as the letter K is not in the Italian alphabet. In my 3 years of French, I never came across the word time.
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I was curious because people pronounce other product names differently, for example, "Nikon" and "Dynastar"
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Sure its an English word, but the french will pronounce it according to their phonetics.

So it will come out "teem"

Same when watching US television dubbed into french. Dr House is "owse", Booth from Bones is "Boos".
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^ So how do the Italians pronounce Kuota?
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I hate to disagree but I never heard anyone pronounce it "Teem" over here. Everyone pronounces it just like the english word.

Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
In France, it is pronounced "Time" (Teem), in the United States the brand is prounced "Time" (ty-m).

I'm sorry you had to endure a couple useless posts until you got an answer.
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if we translate Time into French we get either "temps" (as in "all the time") or "heure" (as in "what time is it")

temps is pronounced tamp, with extra nasal emphasis on the "am"

heure is pronounced, well, that's too hard to render into english, let's just say "earl" minus the "l" and when you get to the "r" pronounce it like you're about to cough up a loogie

cheers

* and I'll add that if a frenchman is saying the word Time, he is more likely to pronounce it Teem since "i" in French is normally pronounced as "e"

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Strange, because when I was over there people pronounced it 'Teem'
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Well, you know there are some vocabulary and pronounciation differences according to the part of France where you are. They may pronounce it "Teem" in Marseille.

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Strange, because when I was over there people pronounced it 'Teem'
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Old 07-08-08, 10:26 AM
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You guys should have seen my German Exchange student trying to teach my brother and me to say the word Hugi.
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Teem??? well what else do you spect of people who eat OtDogs????
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