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Need help with a couple of pronunciations...

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by chanda, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

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    I'm giving a presentation on South American tarantulas tomorrow at a Geography Day event at my local library. I know both the common and scientific names for all my little friends - 15 of whom will be accompanying me - but there are a couple that I could use a little help with on the pronunciations.

    The first is my Theraphosa stirmi. Is it pronounced like "stir-my" or "stir-mee"? I've heard it both ways. On Henry Beechhold's pronunciation key, T. stirmi is not listed - but T. blondi is, and the pronunciation given for that is with the long e sound at the end, as are a number of other species whose names end in a terminal "i." That's how I'd been pronouncing it myself, but at the show where I purchased the T. stirmi last week, the dealer was insisting that it's supposed to end in a long "i" sound instead.

    The other is my G. pulchripes. (I can actually pronounce that part just fine.) The question is with the common name, Chaco Golden Knee. Is it pronounced "Chayco," "Chacko," or "Chalko"? (Yes, I know - scientific names are generally preferable - but when working with children, I find the common names are better received, though I also provide the proper names.)

    Thank you!
     
  2. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Wish i could help. For me it's incredibly easy :) everytime i hear, on YT or such, US/English people spell i laugh hard, especially (genus) Poecilotheria or C.cyaneopubescens, lol.

    "Stirmi" is... "Stirmi". That's so easy, but i can't, nor have the possibility to explain well :-/

    Definitely NOT "Stir-My" but, better, "Stir-Me" <-- one "E"

    About G.pulchripes most famous, and common, name, "Chaco" remains "Chaco". I'm baffled because US people should know Spanish, lol.

    Chaco, hermano. Chaco. Chaco, like that sombrero moustache man who fought with Pancho Villa and old good writer Ambrose Bierce, lol.

    In Italian "Ciaco" :) same sound of "Chaco" for Mex & Co.

    P.S

    Those are wrong: "ChaLko" ? "ChaYco"? "ChacKo"? :p

    My Spanish sucks, now, but it's easy to say "Chaco" for me.
     
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  3. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Bingo!
     
  4. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Let me doubt, my friend :)
     
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  5. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    No, maybe you are right, eh... but 'Chaco': 'ChacKo' VS (Italian) 'CIaco' IMO sounds more related to Spanish this one, but because here "K" sounds completely different, lol, a mess i tell you :)
     
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  6. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Thank you for the help! Wanted to be sure I got my vowel sounds right tomorrow. (Turns out, I was pronouncing them both more-or-less correctly in the first place, but the guys at Repticon last weekend who were pronouncing them differently got me all confused!)
     
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  7. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Thank you for the help! Wanted to be sure I got my vowel sounds right tomorrow. (Turns out, I was pronouncing them both more-or-less correctly in the first place, but the guys at Repticon last weekend who were pronouncing them differently got me all confused!)
     
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  8. REEFSPIDER

    REEFSPIDER Arachnoknight

    Chalk o golden knees
     
  9. crone

    crone Arachnoangel