Answer to Question #119030 in English for Talita Cupido

Question #119030
Provide five borrowing words and Explain how the borrowing has effected the pronunciation.
For example in the word 'devet' which has been borrowed from French, the final "t" is silent in French, yet most people tend to pronounce the "t" in English
Expert's answer
  1. "Ballet" is a borrowed french word. When pronounced in English and french the 't' should be pronounced as 'ay' however, some people, especially first time interaction, will pronounce it line a purely English word.
  2. "Cafe" is another English world of french origin. It should be pronounced as 'Coffee" a french attribution that has trickled down to it's English pronunciation, however, most people will ignore the french attribution and use literal English pronunciation, short and precise.
  3. "Flaux Pas" Another french origin word, pronounced with a silent 'x' and 's'. The pronunciation confuses two words are silent. It is easy to overlook them especially when reading.
  4. "Genre" French word meaning type and has adopted the french pronunciation in English as well, that is ˈ(/ʒɒ̃rə).
  5. "Lingerie" is a french word referring to an underwear. The English pronunciation is similar to the french that is: (/ˈlãʒ(ə)ri/)

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