How to pronounce "Poirier"?

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  1. seabm7

    seabm7 Member

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    How am I supposed to pronounce "Poirier" of Paul Poirier? It looks like a French name, but it does not sound like the one when I hear Canadian commentators say his name.
  2. frisette70

    frisette70 Active Member

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    It is french and it suppose to be pronounce "Pouarié".
  3. seabm7

    seabm7 Member

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    Thank you. So it IS really French. To my untrained ears, all I could hear was "Pourié" without the intermediate "a". So I got confused and was not sure.
  4. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    I guess a sounding out would be s'thing like pwa ree ay
  5. MNC

    MNC Bringer of Ice Cream

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    Poa-Ree-Eh. :)
  6. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    It's definitely a french name, since "Poirier" is the french translation of "Pear Tree". ;)
    And it's more Poa-rié" than "Poua-rié".
  7. frisette70

    frisette70 Active Member

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    I know how to pronounce it since french is my fist language but it's difficult to write the pronounciation. so here what i found.

    Poirier
    Pwa-re-eh
    Origin is French. The french word poirier is a pear tree.
    The "oi" in french makes the sound "wa".
    The "er" at the end of a word in french makes the sound "eh".
    An English person should still pronounce Poirier like Pwa-re-eh
  8. seabm7

    seabm7 Member

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    I give my thanks to all of you who answered my inquiry. :)
  9. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

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    Just don't call him Poor-rear. :D:swoon: Wouldn't be accurate!
  10. vmfan89

    vmfan89 New Member

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    It is actually really hard to write the pronounciation! Especially the ''eh'' at the end. Many English speakers think it's pronounced Pwa-re-ay, but there is a slight difference.
  11. museksk8r

    museksk8r Well-Known Member

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    :p:hat1::swoon: Amen! I've been wondering for a long time if bountiful rears like his are born or made. (I'm sure they can be both) ;)
  12. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

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    Ignore all the above posts. It's actually pronounced "poy-reeeee-errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr"

    :)
  13. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    In my parents Canuck household, it would be pronounced Pwa-rey with the accent on the 2nd syllable. French Canadians skip a lot of syllables (at least the ones who came through West Manchester/Pinardville, NH did)
  14. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Apparently the commentators on Universal Sports think his last name is Perrier :wall:
  15. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

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    note to self- do not post before you know what to say. Sorry.
  16. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

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    That's awful!

    :rofl:
  17. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    they even made a joke about getting him a bottle of water :rolleyes:

    Then again, they were seriously mangling many of the names.
  18. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

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    :blah: dumb jokes by commentators...
  19. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    Si vous pointez votre navigateur sur cette page et cliquez sur le bouton «Listen» sur la droite, vous entendrez la prononciation correcte. :)
  20. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    It is pronounced "nice arse"
  21. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

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    Merci!
  22. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

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    Touche.

    It is very fine isn't it?
  23. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    today's Universal Sports commentators seem to have visited that site, because they were no longer calling him Perrier. :cheer:
  24. museksk8r

    museksk8r Well-Known Member

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    "Nice" does not even begin to do Mr. Pear Tree justice. ;):p:smokin::swoon: