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What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:45 am

What does KLM stand for?
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:49 am

I have no idea- heard it once before and can't remember. I remember a thread like this about 2 years ago when I was reading these forums but not yet a membet (joined last month!!) and subsequently was suprised not to see this question pop up more frequently! Good question- I'm eager to find out (and remember it once and for all!)

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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:49 am

Please Google "KLM stand for"


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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:50 am

KLM stands for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, which translates literally as "Royal Aviation Company." The airline was founded in 1919, making it one of the oldest in the world.
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:52 am

"Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland an Kolonien" or "Royal Dutch Airlines"
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:53 am

Thank you friends, you have been most helpful.
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:44 pm

Now, how does one go about pronouncing that?  Wink
 
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:45 pm

Quoting Continental (Reply 6):
Now, how does one go about pronouncing that?

Kay-El-Em  Wink
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:47 pm

Quoting Continental (Reply 6):
Now, how does one go about pronouncing that?



Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):

Kay-El-Em

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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:55 pm

I always though they just took the letters out of the alphabet, but could never figure out why...lol
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:05 pm

It would be pronounced similar to this:

cone-ing-in-a-like luck-vart mott-ski(d)-pie

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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:55 pm

K = cone ing like L = lookt vart M = mat scap eye


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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:18 pm

Quoting Simong (Reply 11):
the rest of the world needs to learn from you

Thank you. So from now on, fellow a-netters, you better believe me: I'm Dutch!  Wink

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):
Kay-El-Em

Wrong!! Actually it's Kah-El-Em.
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:20 pm

Quoting Glareskin (Reply 12):
Actually it's Kah-El-Em.

My bad. I was typing with an American accent.  silly 
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:07 pm

Quoting Jbmitt (Reply 10):
luck-vart

I always thought the ch in Luchtvaart was pronounced just like that; ch.

Have i been under the wrong impression all this time?  Smile
 
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:18 pm

Quoting Simong (Reply 11):
you guys rock and are the nicest, friendliest most down to earth people on the planet .

Guess you haven't been here the last couple of years huh?

Quoting Mika (Reply 14):
I always thought the ch in Luchtvaart was pronounced just like that; ch.

Yeah, it's not pronounced ck, it's the g sound that's sounds like you're hocking a loogie. Non-dutch speakers have the hardest time learning that one (that and ui, probably unique to dutch)
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:32 pm

Quoting Kappel (Reply 15):
Yeah, it's not pronounced ck, it's the g sound that's sounds like you're hocking a loogie. Non-dutch speakers have the hardest time learning that one (that and ui, probably unique to dutch)

So is it ch or g that is pronounced like ch? Or both? I´m confused  boggled 
 
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:35 pm

Quoting Mika (Reply 14):
I always thought the ch in Luchtvaart was pronounced just like that; ch.

Have i been under the wrong impression all this time?

Nope, you were under the right impression, the ch in Dutch is pronounced similarly to the ch in German (or maybe Swedish as well, i'll be able to tell you soon cuzz i plan to puck up Swedish.
 
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:45 pm

Great Sabena, Tack så mycket! (Thank you in Swedish)


The ch sound is similar in Swedish too, words like champagne and chaufför (chauffeur) are pronounced with that same Luchtvaart ch sound.


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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:40 pm

Quoting Mika (Reply 18):
The ch sound is similar in Swedish too, words like champagne and chaufför (chauffeur) are pronounced with that same Luchtvaart ch sound.

In Dutch the CH in Luchtvaart is a harder sound (not like the "SJ"sound in chauffeur or champage) , more like clearing your throat or the CH and G in German "Acht und achtzig"
I am sure JB Mitt who suggested "Luck vart" already adapted to the fact this hard CH/G sound is beyond the reach of most non dutch speakers and then "luck vart" is the closest they can get.
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:53 pm

Quoting Mika (Reply 16):
So is it ch or g that is pronounced like ch? Or both? I�m confused

It's the same sound, only written differently. Weird huh?

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 19):
I am sure JB Mitt who suggested "Luck vart" already adapted to the fact this hard CH/G sound is beyond the reach of most non dutch speakers and then "luck vart" is the closest they can get.

Indeed, perhaps arabic speakers can also pronounce it, IIRC arabic has a similar sound, although don't ask me if it's also the g (or ch), I don't speak or write arabic.
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RE: What Does KLM Stand For?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:15 pm

To add a little more to the confusion, it also depends were you live.
In the southern provinces it's not a hard G or CH but a more soft tone like "jeeh". Big grin

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