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How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce Wolf-Rayet

  1. Jun 9, 2009 #1
    How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    Very simple question - how is "Rayet" as in "Wolf-Rayet star" pronounced? I've heard:

    - "Ray-ay"
    - "Ray-et"
    - "Ry-yet"
    - "Ry-eee"

    Somebody must know what the accepted French pronunciation is!
     
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  3. Jun 10, 2009 #2

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    Re: How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    I say there! If what I want is the French pronunciation, then I say Rayet to rhyme with "I say".

    Sometimes French pronunciation can sound affected though, so try to gauge your audience and pronounce it the way they expect and feel comfortable with.

    Do you give Einstein the German pronunciation with a big juicy "shtein"? Or do you use the anglicized "stein"?
     
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  4. Jun 10, 2009 #3
    Re: How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    Yeah - gotta say I love to go the big 'shtein' there...
     
  5. Jun 12, 2009 #4
    Re: How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    hi there,

    i learned french in school and i would pronounce it "ray-eee", the a sounds like in gras with an GB accent. It should be this way because most words in french that end with et are pronounced "eee". But its difficult to say cause names are special cases in every country. so it could also be "ray-et".

    just pronounce it as borat would and everybody will think its aaaight ;)
     
  6. Jun 13, 2009 #5
    Re: How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    That's how I pronounce it.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2009 #6
    Re: How, in GOD'S NAME, does one pronounce "Wolf-Rayet"

    Hmmm - three replies and three different answers! I guess that any way is fine!
     
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