Latin Pronounciations

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Ok, so do we have any Latin / Greek bofs here that can help us with pronounciations..
So many times we hear different prounounciations of the latin names and hell some of those words just look damn scary... :lol:

For example I always used to say Aiptaisia as Ape - Tay - Zee - A

I was corrected and told that the P is silent and should be prounounced A - tay - Zee - A

Here are some general Rules for prounouciations that I found on another forum:
Vowels
Short
a as in again
e as in met
i as in hint
o as in offer
u as in foot
Long
a as in father
e as in gate
i as in eat
o as in open
u as in food
y like the French u
Dipthongs
ae as in kite
au as in out
ei as in stray
oe as in coil
Consonants
c as in car
g as in gate
j as in yet
r trilled
s as in sign
t pronounced without aspiration
v as in win
bs as in apse
bt as in apt
ch as in chaotic
ph as in top heavy
th as in take

That would mean that I pronounce Crocea wrong as well - if C is always hard then it should be
Croak - kee - a I say Cro - see - a
 

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Excellent thread, so Chaeto is not Cheet - o but it should be keet - o - morpha.

I always feel like a prize twat when talking to guys like millepora.
 

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Yip spot Dean. Keet - O - morpha would be right.

That's another one I get wrong..
 

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are you bored anthony? :lol:
lol, Mekaeel here's one for you.. I always used to prounounce ask as AR - Sk

But now I hear AK Sk.. What up with that.. :lol:
 

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mekaeel said:
as you get older your mind tends to become childish :lol:
so we have gathered reading your posts;)
 

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Ok here is one that is often mis prounounced..

Zooxanthellae - Often said as Zoo - an - the - lay

Should be

Zoo - Zan - The - Lay :)
 

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Anthony, Julian Sprung's book on Corals and Inverts also covers the proper pronounciation of the various species.
 

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Pronounciation of the latin names is always going to be cause for debate...even speaking to experts in a particular group of animals you get a range of opinions about what the proper pronounciation is. What also contributes to teh debate is that many of the latin names are latinised english/german etc names. I am happy with most pronounciations as long as there is no misunderstanding about which animal you are talking about!
 

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i was actually amazed at the pronounciation of acro - pora ,where its A-cropora, after watching the documentery "Equator"
watched it aswell, i also realised they prenounced alot of words differently
 

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