How to pronounce London place-names

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 This is for everyone who has plans to travel to London! Even if you are English-speaking, you may be forgiven for not know how to pronounce many of the place-names, because there is often very little to connect the way a name is written with the way it is phonetically pronounced. There are no rules to follow, except perhaps ...

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10 things you must know about champagne

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What do you know about champagne, other than its bubbly, expensive and signals glamour and good times, and possibly, for those who do not know their limits, bad behaviour and a hangover…? Doesn’t everyone know what champagne is? The short answer is ‘no’, and the long answer is ‘noo’. I have heard otherwise perfectly well-educated people say the stupidest things about champagne. It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people suspect you ...

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When Gotham was a Goat Town

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Are you one of those people who says ‘pronunciation doesn’t matter’? Mind, I’m not talking about accent here – accent is the way people from your home-town talk. Pronunciation is the difference between pronouncing ‘cough’ like ‘koff’ or ‘cow’ – and the latter is an easy pronunciation mistake to make if you are foreigner learning English, and your only other reference is ‘bough’. Most people don’t know the difference between accent and pronunciation. While accent may distinguish you ...

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It’s not the ‘World’s Most Expensive Wine’

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Penfold’s Block 42: The World’s Most Pretentious Wine?

 

There’s been an awful lot of coverage of the Penfolds Limited Edition 2004 Block 42 which is being billed as ‘The World’s Most Expensive Wine’. The price-tag has been set at $168 000.00 for a 750ml ‘ampoule’ of the wine – but when you get through the hype and the spin, it’s clear you aren’t paying that outrageous sum of money for the wine – you are paying it for the ...

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Hollandaise Sauce

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*The links in this recipe will take you to detailed explanations and audio files of the correct pronunciation of the French words

Sauce Hollandaise‘ is the simplest of the ‘butter sauces’, or ‘sauces au beurre‘ – a category of the so-called ‘Mother Sauces’ (Sauces Mères) of Classic French Cuisine. This simple sauce is a warm emulsion of ...

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Lampascioni

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This post is written with the assistance of http://www.caserecci.com/ Please visit and support their online store. A list of all pronunciations with audio and phonetic spelling is at the end of this article.

What are lampascioni?

“Lampascioni”, or “pampasciuni” are in fact a type of Hyacinth known as Tassel Hyacinths in English or by the Latin names Muscari Comosum or Leopoldia comosa. This short-stemmed plant with thin leaves and purple flowers belongs to the same family as ...

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How to pronounce French spirits and liqueurs

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French spirits and liqueurs are mispronounced as much as any other French words. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean that the  pronunciation doing the rounds is automatically correct. Very often, the mispronunciation gains more of a foothold than it should, and you will have people correcting moi 8-O no less when I say it correctly. To be fair, the names of wines and spirits don’t always follow ...

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Cómo pronunciar nombres de lugares en Londres

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Esta guía es para todos los que tengan planes de viajar a Londres y quieran saber cómo pronunciar nombres de lugares en Londres correctamente! Aunque sepas hablar inglés, podrías ser perdonado por no saber cómo pronunciar muchos nombres de lugares en Londres, porque comúnmente la forma en que se escribe el nombre no tiene nada que ver con la forma en que se pronuncia. No hay ninguna regla que seguir, excepto estar alerta ...

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Comment prononcer le nom des places à Londres?

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Comment prononcer le nom des places à Londres ?

Cet article est destiné à tous ceux qui planifient d’effectuer un séjour à Londres! Même si vous êtes parlez correctement anglais, il n’est pas rare d’oublier la prononciation particulière de certains lieux atypiques de Londres, et cela est certainement dû au fait que la phonétique et l’orthographe du mot ne sont pas forcément connectées. Ce guide vous aidera à prononcer quelques-uns des ...

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Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855: Whites Second Growths

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Château de Myrat də mee/rah Barsac bahr/zahk 

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Château Doisy Daëne dwah/zee dah/ehn (Dubourdieu Domaines) Barsac


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Pronunciation of Bordeaux 1855 Reds – First, Second & Third Crus

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The Official 1855 Classification: Pronunciation Reds

Each wine estate in this list of the official 1855 Bordeaux Wine Classifications consists of an audio pronunciation of how the wine sounds in French, and phonetic spelling which you can use to reach a happy medium between your accent and the correct pronunciation.

I’ve included the name of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (please click on the link for pronunciation, as well as how the AOC ...

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1855 Bordeaux Classification Whites: Sauternes& Barsac Superior First Growths

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1855 Bordeaux Classification

Sauternes/Barsac

 

The name of the chateau is followed by the appellation. Links are to chateaux websites.

 

Superior First Growth – Premier Cru Supérieur

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Pronunciation of 1855 Bordeaux – Fourth & Fifth Crus

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How to pronounce the names of the wines of the 1855 Fourth and Fifth Crus

This post follows on from the previous one which was how to pronounce the wines of the First and Second Crus of the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The links lead to the home-page of each of the Châteaux, where available. The pronunciation of the 1855 Bordeaux Fourth and Fifth Crus follows the same format – the pronunciation of each wine is given in ...

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