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Old 06-12-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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ciao

this only occured to me just now. today

maybe I knew it in the past, but I had forgotten it.
When reading messages or emails I would often come across this word..."ciao"

I thought it was an abbreviation or something...but it's pronounced "chow" and that makes a lot of sense because they usually say it at the end.
I always thought is was spelled "chow", and was english. But it's italian.

This is what I learned today, and now you, too...can learn it
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:59 AM   #2
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go to italy ...


and u can hear CIAO CIAO all the time..

in italy ciao...means HI or BYE...depending on situation
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:40 AM   #3
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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Or Chau in Latin America
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It is not pronounced "chow".

And you can find that word both in Spanish ("chau" as somebody else pointed out before) and Italian ("ciao) and they mean the same.
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:00 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Niamh_Saoirse
It is not pronounced "chow".
According to my Italian to English / English to Italian dictionary both chow and ciao have the same pronunciation. (chou)
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Old 06-12-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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Well, I think it depends on how much chewing gum you're chewing when you pronounce it.
And how much you want to have it americanised...

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i want to americanize it until it's beer-belching the national anthem.

so what exactly IS the correct pronunciation?
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Well, I think it depends on how much chewing gum you're chewing when you pronounce it.
And how much you want to have it americanised...

So the dictionary i bought in Italy is wrong?
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Probably..?

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I know the German form "tschau" is pronounced "chow"
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:17 PM   #12
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ok, but seriously...how IS it pronounced?

apparently my itallian friends have been incorrectly speaking their language

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I usually says Chow as well. I didn't know there was another pronouciation either.
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