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Sender: Luis Oscar Romero  
Receiver: Dora Smith,dinosaur  
Time: 2010-04-17, 14:01:01 
Subject: Re:_C?o_se_dice_ther[o]pod_y_synapsid_e 

Dora Smith, Hello  
The sound of the letter g (as well as the letter c) varies depending not on 
where it falls in the word, but on the vowel that follows it: 
- It has a "g" sound (as in "gate") when it is followed by a, o or u vowels, 
but it sounds like a english "h" (h has no sound at all in spanish), when 
followed by e and i. 
Also in Argentina (my country) we tend to pronounce s, c (followed by e or i) 
and z with the same sound as "s" in english, while spaniards and natives of 
many Central American countries have very distinct sounds for each of these.  
Luis Oscar Romero, lor@fibertel.com.ar 
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From: Dora Smith  
Receiver: raptorialtalon,keenir  
Time: 2010-04-16, 21:55:17 
Subject: Re:_C?o_se_dice_ther[o]pod_y_synapsid_e 

English is pretty strongly phonetic as well as long as you know the rules.  
gh and final e are usually silent, for example. Trouble is, most modern  
readers of English were taught to read the language as hieroglyphics. 

Spanish phonetics are pretty complex. For instance, in some Mexican and  
southwestern U.S. dialects, certain v's inside of words morph into w's. In  
some parts of South America, and occasionally in Mexico, ll is pronounced j  
or ch. In Mexican Spanish, vowels in weak syllables are silent. In some  
Mexican and southwestern U.S. dialects, final vowels are often schwa's.  
The pronunciation of g depends on where it falls in a word. Allegedly g or  
h, but in some dialects it can become w in the middle of a word. Which  
ones? You just have to learn it - just like you often do in English. J is  
usually pronounced h, which is hardly how it is spelled. 
And anyone think b and v are pronounced b and v? No, they merged into a  
common sound that does not exist in any language but Spanish. Except when  
v is w. 

Dora Smith 
Austin, TX 

----- Original Message -----  
From: "Raptorial Talon"  
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2010 7:27 PM 
Subject: Re: C?o se dice ther[o]pod y synapsid e 

> "well its certainly accurate - compared to pretty much every other 
> lethal device, nukes are new and recent." 
> There's just no good etymological reason to assume a connection there, 
> at least not that I can imagine . . . 
> At least Latinate names are always phonetic in some sense. No worries 
> about contrived mispronunciations.