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French pronunciation

How do I pronounce Meaulnes?

I want to buy a book with that in the title without looking like a complete tit in the bookshop!
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July 4th, 2007 12:41pm
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July 4th, 2007 12:48pm
If it's not a french book-shop, you should probably pronounce in a way an English speaker can find it.
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July 4th, 2007 12:49pm
I think i'm just going to write it down and give them it on the paper LOL
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July 4th, 2007 12:53pm
The "es" at the end is silent. So "MOHLN" is probably the closest
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July 4th, 2007 2:33pm
Cheers, yeah someone else just told me it ryhmes with moan so that sounds good!
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July 4th, 2007 2:50pm
Well, the 's' at the end is silent, unless the following word (if any) starts with a vowell, in which case it IS pronounced.

I'd say it "Meaolney", myself, but I'd also bet that's not entirely correct.
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July 4th, 2007 7:42pm
Alain-Fournier? It's a beautiful book. As to your problem, just get it at Barnes & Nobles, they won't know how to pronounce it either.
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July 4th, 2007 7:45pm
Meaulnes: "Meaolney"?

Consider: The word for water is "eau", pronounced "oh", more or less. So that gives the first syllable as "mohl".

Secondly, in "nes", the "es" will be silent since it doesn't have a grave "ès" or acute "és" accent. Therefore the only part of "nes" that will be pronounced is the "n".

Putting it all together you have "mohln".
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July 4th, 2007 8:06pm

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