RA-85154 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6203 times:
Some people believe QANTAS is some sort of word, as I saw it sometimes in magazines written as: QUANTAS, where did they get the U?
KLM in Dutch indeed stands for
It is almost imossible to pronounce well for a non-dutch, but maybe this little course on Dutch helps you.
KO = like Ko in kosher or 'oe' in Boeing
NIN = like ING in Chinese
KLIJ = unknown sound in English, something like CLU in CLUB
KE = like 'ke' in Kermit
Now comes the tricky bit
LUCHT = the U is like 'E' in Kermit, and the 'CH' like Spanish 'J' in Juan
VAART = V like in Virgin, long 'A' like English 'Bath' or 'car' and a rolling 'R'
MAAT = long 'A' like English 'Bath' or 'car'
SCHAP = 'CH' like Spanish 'J' in Juan, AP sounds like UP in CUP
PIJ = english doesn't know the IJ-sound, sounds like 'pay'
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6185 times:
About spelling Qantas with a "u".....when I first joined Qantas (way back in 1995!!!) on my first day, they sat us down and said "Just so you know how to spell Qantas: there's no "U" in Qantas, YOU'RE the YOU in Qantas!" Cheesy, I know!