caisse d'epargne illes balears, pronunciation

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  1. horizon

    horizon New Member

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    what is caisse d'epargne illes balears supposed to sound like?

    caisse d'epargne is french and i think illes balears is spanish.
     
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  2. PartisanRanger

    PartisanRanger New Member

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    This is how I've heard it:

    Caisse d'Epargne = Cass-ay Deh-Parn-Yuh

    Iles Baleurs = Eel Beh-lur
     
  3. SEAcarlessTTLE

    SEAcarlessTTLE New Member

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    I'm pretty sure the first part is French, so it's probably more like...

    kehss (like "less") day-PAR-nyah (with a short, underemphasized "nyah")

    The latter part is neither French nor Spanish but Catalan, I believe. (Luckily, we won't have to worry about this as often in the near future, since they're dropping their sponsorship of the team.) My guess at the pronounciation there is...

    EE-yez buh-leh-AHRZ

    ...but I'm much less confident of that than my French.

    Between Caisse and the Bouygues boys, it's hard to say (pun intended) who's got the more challenging name. Bouygues has come a long way from Bonjour and Brioches... I liked it better when we could just call them the yeasty boys. :)
     
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