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10 things you must know about champagne

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All about champagne HowDoYouSayThatWord.com

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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When Gotham was a Goat Town

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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Mortifying Italian Mispronunciations

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Mortifying Italian Mispronunciations

Do you love Italian food? Are you planning to travel to Italy someday? Considering learning how to speak Italian? Do you love eating at the authentic trattoria run by the lovely family from Italy? Would you intentionally use words that are insulting, obscene, suggestive, and downright disgusting to the locals in a foreign country? Here’s the thing. In Italian, the difference between an innocent dish on the menu, and something really vulgar can be minute.

Most English ...

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Top 5 mispronounced Spanish Foodie words

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Top 5 mispronounced Spanish Foodie words

Spanish words are tricky to say – first of all, as with all languages, there are numerous regional variations of this language. Secondly there is a massive difference in pronunciation between Spain and in Latin America. Here are the top 5 mispronounced Spanish Foodie words explained (more to follow soon). If you have any other words you aren’t sure of, don’t hesitate to ask about them.

1. Chorizo. Oh dear, oh dear. ...

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How do you say Uranus?

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How do you say Uranus?

Saying Uranus incorrectly has dire and embarrassing consequences. For some reason, NO-ONE is pronouncing the name of this planet correctly – there is only ONE way, and it is revealed in this article. Say it properly, and do your bit towards saving us from the sky falling on our heads.

Before we look at how to say Uranus, let’s just go back a bit and ask ‘who was Uranus’? For those of you who have not had ...

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How do you say Col’cacchio?

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How do you say Col’cacchio?

Some time ago, a friend took me to lunch. “You must try this place – it makes the most fabulous pizzas”. She pronounced the name “kohl KAT/chee/oh’ which didn’t mean much to me, and off we went. While I was scrutinizing the menu, I looked at the name more carefully, and thought ‘oh wait, if “Col Cacchio” is Italian, you don’t say ‘kohl/KAT/chee/oh’, you say “kohl KAHK/kyoh”. Although it rang a faint bell, I wasn’t entirely sure what ...

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Have you been FICA’d?

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Have you been FICA’d?

All South Africans with bank accounts know that they have to FICA themselves, or they will have access to their money swiftly denied until they go to the bank and get it done. FICA stands for “Financial Intelligence Centre Act” which requires every individual with a bank account to provide incontrovertible proof of residence to the bank.   What on earth does this aggravating and intrusive requirement ...

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Mozzarella does not come from a bull!

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Disgruntled Water Buffalo tell English speakers 'Get it right, or stop eating our cheese'!

Mozzarella di Bufala

Everyone who considers themselves a food lover knows that the very best mozzarella does not come from a cow. No – don’t look at the title of this post, and misunderstand me completely! What I mean is, most mozzarella is made with cow’s milk, but proper mozzarella, the finest mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk – and to be absolutely ...

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Coup de grâce

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A possible example of a coup de gras

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. People who have a smattering of French are very mindful of the fact that in this language the final letter of words is usually not pronounced. They forget a small detail – if that final letter is a consonant (any letter except a, e, i, o and u) and it is followed by an ‘e’, then it most certainly is pronounced. ...

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Did Madame want the Poison, or a poisson?

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NOT A FISH

Not a fragrance – but fishy and poisonous!

Fish and Fragrance? Not a combination that readily springs to mind. The only aroma associated with fish is decidedly not fragrant, unless you are refined enough to  think about a “Bouillabaisse”or a delicate fish stew spiked with saffron. But just ‘fish’? I don’t think so. By now, I’m sure you are wondering what on earth this has to do with ...

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