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How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:35 am

QATAR

Just about all the major news outlets have people reporting from there...and yet there doesn't seem to be any clear consensus on how the name is pronounced!

The general info is easy:

A country of eastern Arabia on a peninsula in the southwest Persian Gulf. A traditional monarchy, it was under British protection from 1916 until 1971, when it became independent. Oil was first produced commercially in 1949, and its production still dominates Qatar's economy. Ethnic Qataris, Arabs of the Wahhabi sect, make up a quarter of the population, with the rest being immigrants and guest workers primarily from other Muslim countries. Doha is the capital and the largest city. Population: 540,000.

But how the heck do you say the name? I've heard all of the following from various news outlets:

  • /kuh-tahr/


  • /guh-tahr/


  • /kuh-tur/


  • /guh-tur/


  • /gay-tahr/


  • /kay-tahr/


  • /kay-tur/


  • /gay-tur/


  • /kway-tahr/


  • /kwuh-tahr/


  • Everyone seemed to be on the same page (kuh-tahr) until a few months ago, and suddenly all sorts of weird pronunciations started popping up.


    So does anyone know the reason for the various pronunciations? Or which one is technically correct?
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:48 am

    The American Heritage Dictionary lists the correct pronunciations as:

    kä´- tär´

    or

    kä´- t(upsidedown 'e')r
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:03 am

    I thought it was 'Qwatar' but most of the news channels say 'Qat-tar'.

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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:06 am

    I always pronounced it kay-TAR, but Fox pronounces it 'kotter' (as 'Welcome Back, Kotter'). Drives me nuts!
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:07 am

    For some reason, the ones I hear most from MSNBC, Fox News and CNN are "gutter" or "cutter," but again it doesn't really seem like anyone truly knows for certain how it's supposed to be said!
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    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:08 am

    'Kotter' is the correct way to pronounce it.
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    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:21 am

    You should hit the first consonant pretty hard. In the aviation / travel industry, I've always heard it pronounced as, basically, GUITAR.
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:59 am

    'Kotter' is the correct way to pronounce it.

    As in "...welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaaaack..." ?  Big grin
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    Fri Mar 28, 2003 3:05 am

    Umm, probably not as in "...welcome back..." etc., as I seriously doubt there are any Jewish high school teachers there Big grin
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 3:26 am

    Well from a friend who lives in Doha, he says it is pronounced Ka-Tar. I think I will go with what he says.

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    I laugh everytime hearing the many ways people here try to pronounce it!
     
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 4:00 am

    From what I know about Arabic words, the stress falls on the last syllable in the word, as in the French language. Therefore, the word should be pronounced "ka-TAR", and not "CUTter", as I've been hearing from American reporters.
     
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 4:02 am

    I used to think it was

    Qua-tarrr

    But it's really

    Ka tarrr
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 4:33 am

    My aunt is stationed in Qatar, shes says it cut-er said very strictly and forceful.
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 6:40 am

    Hello Everyone,

    Since colonial times the british used to say Qatar close to how you pronounce Guitar and that pronounciation has stuck ever since. The new pronounciation from the American media happened after a Qatari ambassador was asked about the correct way to pronounce Qatar. Neither the old or the new pronounciations are correct. It is hard to explain, the best thing to do is maybe ask an Arab to pronounce it to you.

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    "Umm, probably not as in "...welcome back..." etc., as I seriously doubt there are any Jewish high school teachers there"

    Actually there are many jews living an working in Qatar, the teachers that I know off is a female british gym teacher, and a british geography teacher. Both are jewish and teach or at least used to teach in Qatar.
     
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    Fri Mar 28, 2003 6:44 am

    Hmmm.... a Jewish Female GYM TEACHER (hint, hint) in Qatar... well if she isn't a candidate for the 'Ms. Minority' pageant, I don't know who is.  Big grin Big grin Big grin
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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:25 pm

    You people read my mind. I was going to post on this, I was contemplating about if before. I though it was Qwatar, but some are saying CUTTER, which I think is wrong. I thin KATAR sounds right.

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    RE: How Do You Pronounce "Qatar" Anyway?

    Fri Mar 28, 2003 3:00 pm

    Actually there are many jews living an working in Qatar, the teachers that I know off is a female british gym teacher, and a british geography teacher. Both are jewish and teach or at least used to teach in Qatar.


    I also believe Qatar was the only Arab country to send delegation to the funeral of the Israeli tourism minister, Rehavam Ze'evi. I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere.
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