Talk sophisticated with PronunciationManual

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  1. bardfinn says:

    “How to pronounce Laphroaig” – “dee lih shus”.

  2. Remy Porter says:

    my hovercraft is full of eels.

  3. Guido Núñez-Mujica says:

    I hope they teach me the correct pronunciation of ghotis

  4. Best one I’ve found so far, makes me laugh every time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3_DjiLLDfo

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      What makes me laugh is that you can bump up the resolution to 720p.

    • GawainLavers says:

      The ones that are pretty close to the actual letters are the best.

    • bcsizemo says:

      Why does it sound like a lot of these end up with some type of Southern inflection….?

      I can drive a couple of hours to the Appalachian mountains and find plenty of people who sound like this in real life…

  5. deadbot says:

    This is the cleverest way of dumbing things down I’ve ever encountered.

  6. technogeekagain says:

    Prahn-you-ki-a-TIE-on-mah-NWAL..

    (There really are more stylish ways to mispronounce than the ones demonstrated.)

  7. GawainLavers says:

    Yay, Youtube commenters:

    wtf?
    o.O
    I don’t get it…Is there some pop culture reason these pronunciation videos are getting “liked” that I am just not aware of?

    Or has the world really gotten THAT stupid?

    UpRoaryus 1 day ago in playlist Channel

    (from “Twilight”, also good)

    However, speaking of Blaughfloyeeb-g, has this been posted yet?

    Scotch Pronunciation Guide with Brian Cox

  8. kallikanzaros says:

    Seen about a dozen and I still cant get rid of the WTF

  9. Easily my favorite has to be this one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DSgsON3u8E

  10. Petzl says:

    Is this a joke site?  It in no way tells you have to pronounce “Laphroaig”
    as opposed to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F_AXdfFIBY

  11. >single malt Scotch whiskey

    Let’s start with spelling, then move on pronunciations… ;)

  12. bingobangoboy says:

    Carpe Diem is pretty good, too.

  13. Jewels Vern says:

    Did you know “gullible” is not in the dictionary?

  14. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Do they have shibboleth?  I didn’t see it and that just might come in handy.

  15. anechoic says:

    actually, “NOUS” is pronounced “noose” not “noose-say”

  16. Deidzoeb says:

    Sophistication: convincing people that your provincial preferences are objectively better than theirs.

  17. Pathmanson says:

     Buöldordusch! None of those i have tested actually even come close to being correct. You simply don’t ever pronounce words in French, German or Swedish in this way without being looked at as an idot by the natives. Joke site, as far as i can see. Even the English and Scottish ones doesn’t make sense to me. As a native speaker of several Swedish dialects i can say that nobody over here talks like that, ever. Joök zit!

  18. Mark Wadia says:

    They got most of these wrong.

  19. It’s the helvetica that really makes these videos.

  20. elix says:

    So much woosh.

  21. regeya says:

    My absolute favorite Pronunciation Manual entry is “schadenfreude”.  When my wife or I flub a pronunciation really badly, I feel obligated to say, “a-scootin’…a-fruity.”

  22. regeya says:

    Somehow, I had missed that Pronunciation Manual was on Ellen.  Oh…right…because I don’t watch Ellen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYRRb-M0hPk&feature=related

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