How do you pronounce Qatar?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Pollux V, Jan 13, 2003.

  1. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    On the news programs that I've seen it's been completely unanimous. They pronounce the fledgling islamic nation like this:

    kahter

    It sounds stupid. From the second I knew that Qatar existed, I pronounced it like this:

    Kah-tahr (like the ar in guitar). I also stress the t (unlike the above). Is this correct, or isn't it? How the hell does it work, eh?:bugeye:
     
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  3. NenarTronian Teenaged Transhumanist Registered Senior Member

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    I'd pronounce it the same.. "Kah-tar"
     
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  5. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    That reigns maan

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  7. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    Is that how you pronounce it or is that how it is officially pronounced?
     
  8. Thor "Pfft, Rebel scum!" Valued Senior Member

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    I thought it was pronounced

    "Kway-tar"
     
  9. John Mace Registered Senior Member

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    I've often wondered the same thing!

    IANAA (I am not an Arab), but I can read Arabic, and when I've seen it written in that alphabet, it sure looks like Kuh-TAR or KUH-tar. Kind of hard to tell precisely, though, since volwels are not written out in Arabic-- their just understood to be there. I can't figure out why so many jounalists who have been there pronounce it like Gutter. Maybe it's more like KUT-t'r, which gets anglicised to Gutter.

    There's got to be some real Arabs out there who can shed light on this weighty issue...
     
  10. sycoindian myxomatosis> Registered Senior Member

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    normal way to pronounce it is KA-TAR... dont emphasize on the T... KA (Kuh)-TAR (Tur)... hope this helps..
     
  11. Virgin Banned Banned

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    Simple!

    Well the writing is clear I hope since it s written as Q-A-T-A-R but the pronunciation, it’s a little naughty. You first open your mouth as if to pronounce K with your tongue blocking the airway just a little, next with teeth almost closed, extend the tongue forwards, flat and placing the tip of your tongue just about caressing the opening between your teeth, you next pronounce a soft T, after that it is as simple as rolling back the tongue and in the process apply a soft vibration as it often happens with R’s.
    Simple, hey!
    :m:
     
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  12. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    That post reigns, virgin. Welcome to sciforums

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  13. platzapS Registered Senior Member

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    today on CNN a Western news reporter pronounced it "cutter"
     
  14. GB-GIL Trans-global Senator Evilcheese, D-Iraq Registered Senior Member

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    You say it like "kah-tahr", except the tongue is farther back than an English k (if it was, it would be romanised as Katar)

    A sufficient English pronunciation, especially for newscasters, is "kah-tahr", without the tongue further back.
     
  15. Neville Registered Senior Member

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    I would sau Kwayter like in e-quator but it looks like thats just me.
     
  16. Mr. G reality.sys Valued Senior Member

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    "qutr", I believe -- but don't quote me.
     
  17. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    Mr. G...that's the way all the news reporters say it.

    I think that Geebee probably knows what he's talking about, so I'll have to agree with him.

    Qatar is a fairly liberal Arabic country bordering Saudi Arabia, I'm pretty sure it's on the Persian Gulf. If that isn't enough doing a google image search will probably get you a map.
     
  18. Pollux V Ra Bless America Registered Senior Member

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    This is one of those times that speaking verbally would work better for everyone. I imagine sciforums as a table surrounded by a few couches, where people sit down and shout at each other while sipping hot drinks in the morning. But it's really far from that, isn't it?
     
  19. Virgin Banned Banned

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    Unbelievable!

    Jesus Christ!, ..I can not believe that this thread is under World Events & Politics!

    Ok here goes one more time,…

    K U W A I T is pronounced as follow;
    First the KU it’s accomplished by producing a nice small opening with your mouth, rounding your lips in a circle form, living just a little tiny circle. Next, place your tongue
    in a curvature form so that from its origin goes upwards and folds leave and let it vibrate
    smoothly a couple of times. Next the W_A_I-T is actually handle in two positions, the WA its nicely produced by following from your previous tongue position, opening wide to wider your mouth letting your tongue going a little backwards but not too deep, and bringing it forwards to prepare it to form a quick Klitch by blowing while you’re leaving just a little opening of your mouth sealed by your tongue as when we pronounce IT.

    DO YOU GUYS FINALLY GET IT?

    ..Now you can dry your sweat!

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  20. Microzoft Registered Senior Member

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    Re: Unbelievable!

    In deed Virgin, you are fully right, sometimes I don’t know wassup with our Mod’s.

    But…I don’t know if you know French, but would you try in
    helping or better, guide me in pronouncing “Bonjour mon cheri”. ?
    Please, I don’t mind if you do it via my private message.

    Thanks a thousand!

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  21. Microzoft Registered Senior Member

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    Re: Re: Re: Unbelievable!

    Oh Yea,.. Sweet Virgin,

    I also don’t have a clue of French either.
    But yes, I would really, really love you to teach me the pronunciation
    of “Von den Fond Do”. It sounds so romantic.
    Pleeeeaseee!

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  22. lawfool Registered Member

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    I live in Qatar. It is pronounced cahtar. . . .
     
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  23. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    Pff.

    It's an old thread, this. You're the first person to post in it for 5 years.

    Welcome to Sciforums.
     

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