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Old 06-12-2006, 04:59 PM   #16
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Annnnd?
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Annnnd, you can clearly see that the native pronuncian of the Italian word "ciao" is different to the pronuncian of the English word "chow," while the Anglicized pronunciation is the same.
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Annnnd, you can clearly see that the native pronuncian of the Italian word "ciao" is different to the pronuncian of the English word "chow," while the Anglicized pronunciation is the same.


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My Italian born mother pronounces it 'chow' but with a slight 'i' sound in it kind of like 'chiow'.

But yeah its pretty much pronounced chow.
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Annnnd, you can clearly see that the native pronuncian of the Italian word "ciao" is different to the pronuncian of the English word "chow," while the Anglicized pronunciation is the same.
It's been a while since I've had a grammar class. I'm a little rusty identifying what those symbols mean. Care to tell explain the difference phonetically?
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so how do native italians pronounce it?

i'm not sure that's been established yet.
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the native italians i know pronounce it as sicy just stated.

its not EXACTLY "CHOW" but close...like Sicy said "chiow".
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Yes, exactly.
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all this fuss over a tiny little ee sound.

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From Dictionary.com:

ciao ( P ) Pronunciation Key (chou)
interj.
Used to express greeting or farewell.


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[Italian, from dialectal ciau, alteration of Italian (sono vostro) schiavo, (I am your) servant, from Medieval Latin sclavus, slave, servant. See slave.]
Word History: Ciao first appears in English in 1929 in Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, which is set in northeast Italy during World War I. It is likely that this is where Hemingway learned the word, for ciau in Venetian dialect means “servant, slave,” and, as a casual greeting, “I am your servant.” Ciau corresponds to standard Italian schiavo; both words come from Medieval Latin sclavus, “slave.” A similar development took place with servus, the Classical Latin word for “slave,” in southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Poland, where servus is used as a casual greeting like ciao. At the opposite end of the world, in Southeast Asia, one even sees words meaning “slave” or “your slave” that have developed into pronouns of the first person, again to indicate respect and humility.
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