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Etihad Pronunciation?  
User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7088 times:

The title says it all. Wikipedia says 'al-'itihad.....is that correct?

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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1685 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6983 times:

Depends on how you read it- the correct Arabic pronounciation should be:

al ittihad (note the stress on the 't').


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2715 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6911 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 1):
al ittihad (note the stress on the 't').

Is it correct that you have to pronounce the "h" more like "ch" (similiar to how Swiss people talk)? I don't know how to describe it correctly but I often noticed that the "h" in Arabic sounds as if you are a strong smoker.


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6903 times:

On my last flight with Etihad, the captain announced it as "ate-he-had" and the first officer announced it as "eat-he-had"... so take your pick!

User currently offlineJohruk From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

Just give reservations a quick call...see how the recorded message says it and there you go! Unless even this pronounces it wrongly...!

User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

btw it is pronunciation.
And in the outside word, its pronounced as Et-tihad.
Maybe there it is told as Al-itihad



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

In the north of England it is pronounced eh-ee-ad.


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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6695 times:

As Mr. Directorguy rightfully pointed out, it really should be al ittihad (with a stress on the t, and if you can, coarsen up the h). Arabs usually pronouce it that way.

Non-Arabs usually just say Etihad (Ety-Had), which i guess is also correct.



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User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6641 times:

And it means "union" or "federation", ie that of the 7 emirates composing the UAE. "United" would have been muttahida.

Faro



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1685 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6529 times:



Quoting N14AZ (Reply 2):
Is it correct that you have to pronounce the "h" more like "ch" (similiar to how Swiss people talk)? I don't know how to describe it correctly but I often noticed that the "h" in Arabic sounds as if you are a strong smoker.

Yup. The h would be like the hard 'h' -the 'ahhhh' sound you make after taking a swig of iced Cola on a hot summer's day' . Examples are Ahmed, Hamas, humus, Hezbollah etc. But it's not as sharp as the 'ch' sound like in Chaim, Menachem etc.

Quoting Faro (Reply 8):
And it means "union" or "federation", ie that of the 7 emirates composing the UAE. "United" would have been muttahida.

Faro

Worth pointing out something I noticed-dunno if it's a coincidence though:

United- Etihad Airline uses the Arabic word for 'United' and Abu Dhabi's airline
Arab-The airline of Sharjah is Air Arabia
Emirates-Emirates, largest of the trio, is the airline of Dubai


User currently offlineWumzi From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6527 times:

There is no letter in the English alphabet for the correct pronunciation of Etihad. The H is used since it is the closest sounding letter to what it should be.

Best way I could think of to explain it is to let you listen to it, so here's the link

http://dilap.eu/arabic-alphabet/ha.html

Click on the "Sound" link under the letter. The correct pronunciation is Ettihad (Et-ti-had, with the "ha" part as shown above).

[Edited 2009-12-04 10:34:56]

User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6440 times:

WOW! I guess I'm not the only one confused by it.

I guess I'll just refer to them as "that carrier whose brand new A340 was trashed before delivery". (Might even be a few less syllables....)


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2241 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6391 times:

I pronouce it like my friend from Abu Dhabi taught me to. It involves the hard H at the back of the throat. Someone in NA may liken it to a throat clearing noise combined with the letter H.

User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6297 times:



Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 11):
WOW! I guess I'm not the only one confused by it.

I guess I'll just refer to them as "that carrier whose brand new A340 was trashed before delivery". (Might even be a few less syllables....)

haha...better than the airline who just introduced some fantastic suites on 15th Nov..lovely ones!

its simply Etihad for me,as someone great said, What's in a name?
(i know he is William Shakespeare :P)



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User currently offlineRjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6273 times:

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User currently offlineRameshksm From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5929 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 9):
United- Etihad Airline uses the Arabic word for 'United' and Abu Dhabi's airline
Arab-The airline of Sharjah is Air Arabia
Emirates-Emirates, largest of the trio, is the airline of Dubai

Interesting. Thanks for pointing that out.


User currently offlineTayser From Australia, joined Mar 2008, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

Quoting Rjnut (Reply 14):
Etty had

"Etty Had (Stadium)" in Melbourne/Australia.

edit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63RUR6Ic2OU

[Edited 2009-12-04 19:14:19 by tayser]

User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

Bloomberg news said "Ett-tee-hhadd"


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User currently offlineTimpdx From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

I am about 10 days away from hearing the captain or FA speak the word Etihad to my ears for the first time on an A346, just excited to try a new airline and see the world.

On the phone, their reservations made it sound like eeh te hhad.

However you pronounce it, I can't wait to try out their product  Smile


User currently offlinePagophilus From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5543 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 13):
Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 11):
WOW! I guess I'm not the only one confused by it.

I guess I'll just refer to them as "that carrier whose brand new A340 was trashed before delivery". (Might even be a few less syllables....)


haha...better than the airline who just introduced some fantastic suites on 15th Nov..lovely ones!

Or how about the airline with great new aircraft, great inflight service, but poor customer service unless you're a premium flyer.


User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5096 times:

In central england we say it eh-tee-hahd. Although lower class people will probably say eh-tee-yad.


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User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4945 times:



Quoting Pagophilus (Reply 19):
Or how about the airline with great new aircraft, great inflight service, but poor customer service unless you're a premium flyer.

well, i never had this problem, maybe your luck  Wink

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 20):
In central england we say it eh-tee-hahd. Although lower class people will probably say eh-tee-yad.

What do you mean by LOW CLASS PEOPLE man?



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User currently offlineMAN2SIN2BKK From Thailand, joined Feb 2009, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4547 times:



Quoting Jayeshrulz (Reply 21):
What do you mean by LOW CLASS PEOPLE man?

They're probably the people in cloth caps that fly "Working Class" on Yorkshire Airways and feed fish and chips to their whippet


User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4468 times:



Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 20):
Although lower class people will probably say eh-tee-yad.

 Yeah sure


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3477 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4405 times:
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Quoting Timpdx (Reply 18):
However you pronounce it, I can't wait to try out their product

Lucky you you will have a great experience. Have a safe trip, enjoy. Check before your flight some times they offer an upgrade for next to nothing. Got upgraded from J to F for 400$ return in March. JFK-AUH

[Edited 2009-12-06 18:11:44]

[Edited 2009-12-06 18:18:52]


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User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4397 times:

Can't an Arabic speaker just record it an post a link?


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