JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4732 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 21833 times:
Depending on which part of the Arab world you come from I believe it can also be pronounced 'Eth-ee-had', with the 'th' sound being ever so slight. In addition, I would say it's more 'Et-i-had' than 'Et-ee-had'.
HiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 788 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 21686 times:
Quoting JakTrax (Reply 2): Depending on which part of the Arab world you come from I believe it can also be pronounced 'Eth-ee-had', with the 'th' sound being ever so slight. In addition, I would say it's more 'Et-i-had' than 'Et-ee-had'.
Hi Karl, you're mistaken. The letter "ت" is always pronounced like an english "t". No regional variations for that letter.
"Etihad" is correctly pronounced it-ti-had . First two syllables are short, the last is long. the "h" isn't actually an "h" in arabic but a letter with no english equivalent, the only way to describe it is that it is a hard "h". But don't concern yourself too much about pronouncing it correctly, an english "h" is just fine.
Speedbird128 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1134 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 22 hours ago) and read 21044 times:
Quoting Workhorse (Reply 11): Dnepr, well, this one might be tricky to pronounce for an Englishman
I once had a chat (on frequency) with a pilot of a Dniproavia flight. I Tried my best to clear him to Dnipropetrovsk, and despite my dismal attempt (hey, I tried at least!) he advised me that the D is silent....
Art From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 2937 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 20793 times:
There are 3 short vowel sounds in Arabic. As far as I know the 'i' sound (pronounced along the lines if the 'i' in the English word 'pill') does not vary much from region to region. According to region, the second short vowel can vary in pronunciation between the 'e' sound in the English word 'bed' and the 'a' sound in the English word 'bad'. For example, the 'bed' vowel sound is used in North Africa, the 'bad' vowel sound is used in Arabia.
There may be similar regional variations in the pronunciation of the third vowel approximating to the English 'o' and 'u' sounds.
I have not seen the word 'Ethihad' in Arabic script, but I think that the first vowel is probably pronounced in the same way as the last vowel.
As an ex-teacher of English to ATC students, I would not be surprised to hear a North African Arabic speaker say:
Descend to flight level three seven five (using the 'e' sound from 'bed')
while hearing the same words pronounced by a Saudi as:
Dascand to flight laval three savan five (using the 'a' sound from 'bad')
Cefarix From Pakistan, joined May 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 20321 times:
It's written as ًٌَُإتحاد. It's pronounced as it-ti-7aad.
The t and d are soft, as in Spanish or French. Arabic does not have hard t or d sounds as found in English or German. The t and d of Arabic are the voiceless and voiced dental plosives, respectively, as opposed to the voiceless and voiced alveolar plosives of English or German. The Arabic t and d are written as t̪ and d̪ in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The '7' represents the voiceless pharyngeal fricative, also written as ħ in the International Phonetic Alphabet. It has no counterpart in the Indo-European languages.
The 'aa' represents a long a sound, for example, the 'a' in the English word 'barn'.
The 'i' represents the short version of the long ee sound found in the English word 'tree'.
Art From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 2937 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 19624 times:
Quoting Cefarix (Reply 22): It's written as óðõñÅÊÍÇÏ. It's pronounced as it-ti-7aad.
Thanks. Can't see any vowels but I remember from my days of being able to read Arabic that vowels are generally omitted. Having to guess the vowels in a word made trying to read a newspaper a nightmare for someone with very limited vocabulary!