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today my teacher used the word "quasi" in class, and he pronounced it "qua-saai" (as in "ken-sai") and I had an inkling that it was wrong, it just sounded so weird. I pronounce it "qua-si" (the spanish "si" [yes]) and I looked it up and it was right!

(I've always pronounced it 'qua-si', because of the similarly named band, and I haven't heard that word before, or maybe i've heard it unconsciously).


but yeah. I think there's a "gist" in a language, to guess pronounciations correctly, like if you asked me to guess the pronounciations of latin words, I can't, because of my unfamiliarity with it. It's like within a language (or at least the English language), there are certain 'blanket sounds' that correspond with certain syllable formations (like 'ish' or 'euce') that one unconsciously follows.

Is there a rule as to how words are pronounced?
It doesn't make sense, as the -si in "quasi" is pronounced the way it is, but it is pronouced like "ken-sai" in "side". Maybe because it's followed by a consonant. idk.
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I think your teacher might be slightly retarded.

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#5
You're both pronouncing it fine. You just emphasise the i differently from one another.

I would say say it how you say it as well. And there are some rules to how words are pronounced, but English often confounds them.

Some languages are easy like that. In Italian, once you've learnt the rules, you can pretty much work out how to say it from the spelling. English not so much

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Because she says quas-eye? lots of people say it like that. It's just a different way of pronouncing I. like I when you say 'I went to the shops'.
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I mispronounce a lot of words. Sometimes when I see words I don't know how they're meant to be pronounced.

Ibanez is one of those. It's a spanish name, so I say ee-banez, whereas everyone else says the more anglicized I-banez.

I also read some words incorrectly. When I first read the word "Rhapsody" I misread it as something like "Rasphody".
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You're both pronouncing it fine. You just emphasise the i differently from one another.

I would say say it how you say it as well. And there are some rules to how words are pronounced, but English often confounds them.

Some languages are easy like that. In Italian, once you've learnt the rules, you can pretty much work out how to say it from the spelling. English not so much



Because she says quas-eye? lots of people say it like that. It's just a different way of pronouncing I. like I when you say 'I went to the shops'.

I dunno, I just can't imagine how you can say "ken-sai" when it's spelt "quasi". But then again, I'm not too sure on where Laces Out Danny lives.

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Man I've heard it pronounced "kwa-zai" tons of times so that's how I say it.

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one that really winds me up is the American way of pronouncing aluminium, "aloominum", completely misses out the second i. oh and leisure, "leesure" wtf. Then again where I'm from in England (Essex) we tend not to pronounce the h's at the start of words, so...
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Your teacher is a pronunciation na-zai.
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You are actually wrong.


Wrong for thinking there is only one accepted pronunciation.

Pronunciation: \ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē, -sē\

kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee

kweɪzaɪ
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I've always been pretty good at pronouncing words, and reading words from text that' I've never come across before. I find it really annoying when in school someone is reading aloud in class while everyone else reads along as well, and they stumble on the simplest of words.
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You are actually wrong.

Wrong for thinking there is only one accepted pronunciation.

Pronunciation: \ˈkwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; ˈkwä-zē, -sē\

kwey-zahy, -sahy, kwah-see, -zee

kweɪzaɪ

I dunno man, that sounds pretty kray-sai
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(as in "ken-sai")

How is that pronounced, anyway? I've always said it "Ken-say."
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I'm Scottish - We don't care about pronunciation because everything comes out as a drunken slur.
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