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Veuve Cliquot

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by alaaro, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. alaaro

    alaaro Well-Known Member

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    Real quick, I have heard two different pronunciations: "Vove Click-o" and "Vee-vay Cleeck-o".
     
  2. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    There is not sound in French approaching the "eu" of veuve, but the closest might be the o of of when pronounced "ov", if that makes sense. The final e of veuve is silent.

    Second word: click is not bad. And the o sound is one sound, not diphtongated. It is a deep o, not an open o. Like when you say: Ohhh.
     
  3. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    Of course, if you are from the south of France, you do pronounce the final e of veuve. [​IMG]
     
  4. PHV

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    Ummm... "eux" = them in French, so there is a very basic sound for "eu" in french.

    Veuve cliquot is pronounced "vuh-ve cli-co"
     
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    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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  6. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    And for those who are interested, veuve means widow.  The name is actually spelled Clicquot.  

    Philippe Clicquot founded a wine trading business in Reims in the XVIII century, died prematurely, so his widow, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin became the owner.  Under her management, the "Maison" became famous.  For over 60 years, she remained the main decision maker.

    This institution now belongs to LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and is still one of the biggest producers of great champagnes (grands champagnes).
     
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    Also, because of its proximity to a k sound, the second v is pronounced like an f.

    Think "veu-fklee-koh."
     
  8. csfbguy

    csfbguy Active Member

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    I am pretty confident you pronounce it like this:

    Vooove Cleek-ot
     
  9. PHV

    PHV Well-Known Member

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    ooo is not the right sound. It isn't the same sound as "vous".
     
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    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    Why are you wasting your time debating French pronunciation with a native French speaker?
     
  12. PHV

    PHV Well-Known Member

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    Originally Posted by csfbguy,30 Dec. 2004, 08:12
    I am pretty confident you pronounce it like this: Vooove Cleek-ot
    Why are you wasting your time debating French pronunciation with a native French speaker?
    That's what I don't understand. Americans always have a very funny pronunciation of French words, then again so do I compared to a french first language person, but compared to most I only sound like half an idiot.
     

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