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Question: how do you pronounce Qatar?
#1KUH-tah  
#2kuh-TAR  
#3KAH-ter (Kotter)  
#4Gutter  
#5Cutter  
#6some 6th thing  
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« on: June 09, 2019, 07:05:39 am »

I say it like "cutter", but only because I like the way it sounds best.  I think the second one, kuh-TAR is how it's supposed to be said, but it doesn't feel right to say.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2019, 08:00:15 am »

The Saudi Arabian guy I kinda knew in college said option 2 and rolled his eyes at 3/4/5.

I heard "KAY-tar" (rhymes with radar) some growing up, which sounds awful now.
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019, 08:13:52 am »

Rhymes with "guitah", because f*(k rhoticity.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019, 09:12:14 am »

The Saudi Arabian guy I kinda knew in college said option 2 and rolled his eyes at 3/4/5.



If he doesn't want to get in trouble with MBS these days he'd say either "Where?" or North Saudi Arabia.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 09:49:22 am »

[kʰɑ.tʰɑ́ɹ] staying as faithful as possible as an English speaker or [kʰə.tʰɑ́ɹ] with English vowel reduction on the unstressed syllable.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019, 09:52:10 am »

Kotter
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2019, 11:46:19 am »

Cuh-tar
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2019, 12:40:26 pm »

Option 2, but I have been told option 5 is correct, but I say 2 anyways.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2019, 12:58:20 pm »

Kotter
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2019, 01:18:36 pm »

We are not obligated to pronounce foreign names with non-English pronunciations. I've never understood why some smartasses feel differently about Qatar (and in America, Chile too) than they do about Pakistan, Mexico, or whatever other country.
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2019, 01:24:30 pm »

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I'm really hoping that when the blockade ends, somebody runs the headline "MBS: Welcome Back Qatar!"
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2019, 01:58:31 pm »

Kuh-tar
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2019, 02:17:21 pm »

Cutter, and I'm shocked to see it losing so badly.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2019, 02:21:13 pm »

ka-TAAAARRRRRR, usually with a dramatic hand gesture
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2019, 02:22:47 pm »

Kuh-tar
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2019, 04:19:22 pm »

kuh-TAR
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2019, 04:45:40 pm »

Cutter, and I'm shocked to see it losing so badly.
indeed, I assumed kuhTAR would win, but with like 40% of the vote.  I expected a lot more from cutter and gutter.
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2019, 12:04:14 pm »

Option 2, while always thinking of the Jon Oliver bit.
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2019, 12:43:24 pm »

Somewhere in between cutter and gutter.  Voted gutter.
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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2019, 01:09:17 pm »

Option 2 (basic bitch, normie, FF).
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« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2019, 05:02:13 pm »

If you picked anything but option 2, I'm going to assume you also say "Moss-kow" instead of "Moss-ko" and "Chee-lay" instead of "Chilly."
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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2019, 07:18:35 pm »

I've always said "Cuh-tar," but to my knowledge "cutter" is the appropriate way...which just doesn't sound right to me.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2019, 04:25:16 am »

We are not obligated to pronounce foreign names with non-English pronunciations. I've never understood why some smartasses feel differently about Qatar (and in America, Chile too) than they do about Pakistan, Mexico, or whatever other country.

What defines a pronunciation as "non-English"?
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2019, 04:29:43 am »

If you picked anything but option 2, I'm going to assume you also say "Moss-kow" instead of "Moss-ko" and "Chee-lay" instead of "Chilly."

That is the normal pronunciation of Moscow is American English (at least for everyone I know) and Chile can go either way but I usually approximate the Spanish pronunciation to avoid confusion with the adjective or the food.

Anyway, Option 2.
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2019, 05:53:18 am »

The same way we pronounce "common cold" in Polish, which is the very same word (katar).

Of course I had to be very careful at my Arabic classes to give a proper native pronounciation.
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