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Old November 18th, 2009, 12:49 AM
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Default How do you pronounce that?

I'm thoroughly a white dude and can't seem to get them right. I always feel kinda silly when I talk to people in local shops.

So, how do you pronounce all these words and names?
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Old November 18th, 2009, 12:56 AM
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i think al fakher is pronounced Au Faheh but like roll your tounge on the middle H
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Old November 18th, 2009, 01:28 AM
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Al Fakher: Al Fa-care Essentially. The beginning of "care" is the throaty k sound that is hard to describe through text.

Tangiers: Tan-jeers.

Al Amir: Al Am-eer. As a side note the A in Al is a breathy A rather than a hard A. Like the sound of relief. Ahhh. Same with Al Fakher.

Khalil Mamoon: Pretty much exactly how it looks. Ka-leel... Mamoon

Magdy Zidan: Self explanitory

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Hookah: Hoooook-a :P

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Old November 18th, 2009, 01:33 AM
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I say everything pretty much as spelled, but I'm probably mispronouncing stuff. I'm sure Al Fahker shouldn't be said Al Fah-ker but I say it that way anyhow.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 02:05 AM
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how about narghile or moassel?

It's always kind of funny. Because it seems that overseas they call the pipe itself shisha. So, if I call up a shop looking for something and say 'shisha' they get the wrong idea. I have to say 'hookah tobacco' or 'shisha tobacco', but if they don't speak english well, it's virtually impossible to get the question across.
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II'm sure Al Fahker shouldn't be said Al Fah-ker but I say it that way anyhow.
Be careful. Pronounce it wrong and folks'll think you're a pervert from south Alabama.

Al Fakher! An' ah might even kiss 'er afterwerds! Huh-huh!
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how about narghile or moassel?
ARG-hee-La (I think that's it. The n is almost silent.)

Mo-ah-sell ... I've also heard it pronounced like Mo-sell. I use the first one.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 03:33 AM
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do you smoke your hookah with that mouth !?!
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Default Re: How do you pronounce that?

most people pronounce "Al Fakher" in a wrong way.
actually the "kh" is spoken like a hard "r", such as a russian "х" or a german "ch".
Same with "Nakhla", its not spoken like "nakla", it must be "nachla"

its difficult to show you, since there is not such a r-sound in english. the people who can speak russian or german will know, what i mean
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haha i think i just might do a vid real quick on this lol
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haha i think i just might do a vid real quick on this lol
Dude! Do it! I was thinking of doing a video of the owner of my local Arab grocery store pronouncing some stuff. His accent is crazy thick. When he says "Nakhla" it sounds like he's getting ready to spit!
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haha i think i just might do a vid real quick on this lol
Do it really well and it might just win you that contest.
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haha i think i just might do a vid real quick on this lol
lol after reading some of the responses, I really think that you should do a video.
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Nahkla - NAH-Flem-Klah
Al Fakher - Al Fuk-Flem-er

Rule of thumb- if there is a "H" in the word replace it with a "flem".

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Nahkla - NAH-Flem-Klah
Al Fakher - Al Fuk-Flem-er

Rule of thumb- if there is a "H" in the word replace it with a "flem".

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I don't know if you are trying to make fun of the way Arabs talk BUT this rule is not correct.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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I don't know if you are trying to make fun of the way Arabs talk BUT this rule is not correct.
I do believe that he is referring to Achmed the dead terrorist character from Jeff Dunham's act.
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Be careful. Pronounce it wrong and folks'll think you're a pervert from south Alabama.

Al Fakher! An' ah might even kiss 'er afterwerds! Huh-huh!
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nakhla = nah klah not nak ha la
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how about narghile.
being Turkish, I might be able to help here (i am a UK Shisha fan, but born to Turkish parents in the UK).

i would say the best way to pronounce Nargile would be:

naarr - giil - eh

you need to roll your tongue a bit when you pronounce the 'r'. Try saying each part out loud and eventually bring it together and let it roll off the tongue.

In Turkey, the term shisha and hookah don't exist, so if you are ever there, just ask for a Nargile Café or look out for all the smoke!
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The middle eastern fellas who hookah with me now always call my hookah "al fahhk'r" , which i was told by one of them means like glorious or regal or something I'll have to ask.
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being around people who speak arabic helps alot. the accent is everything when it comes to words. just ask the people at the shop how to say it and they should give you a pretty good example of how to pronounce the kh's and stuff like that.
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The middle eastern fellas who hookah with me now always call my hookah "al fahhk'r" , which i was told by one of them means like glorious or regal or something I'll have to ask.
thats about right, but more on the line of like elegant and exquisite, like high class. basically supposed to be the "higher class tobacco"

as for the kh, man its easier to say than it is to roll r's, there are a lot of sounds you actually make as a child that you forget how to later in life and some of these sounds actually exist in other languages.

like when you here a baby say ga-ga, its really more of a gurgling g, thats the sound you make if you ever see an arabic word w/ gh in it...that french r...anyhow, i think ill do it either tonight or tomorrow.
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how about narghile or moassel?

It's always kind of funny. Because it seems that overseas they call the pipe itself shisha. So, if I call up a shop looking for something and say 'shisha' they get the wrong idea. I have to say 'hookah tobacco' or 'shisha tobacco', but if they don't speak english well, it's virtually impossible to get the question across.
Well us people of the great northern lands, we pronounce it:

Narghile = Naar gi lay
Moassel = Mussel

Another difference we have is that when we smoke a hookah let's say, we simply say: Let's smoke a shisha instead...i think it is French from France along with Narguile because i've heard the saying before: Fumons la shisha!
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I don't know if you are trying to make fun of the way Arabs talk BUT this rule is not correct.
He's quoting ahkmed the dead terrorist, the puppet from Jeff dunum ( cant spell his last name)
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Well, you learn something new every day. Maybe I'll pronounce something right in my next review...but don't count on it
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