In Act 1 scene 1 of “My Fair Lady,” Professor Higgins famously said:
‘Norwegians learn Norwegian; The Greeks are taught their Greek.
In France every Frenchman knows his language from A to Zed.
The French never care what they do, actually, as long as they pronounce it correctly.”
And he added;
“Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning
The Hebrews learn it backwards which is absolutely frightening.
But use proper English; you’re regarded as a freak
Why can’t the English
Oh why can’t the English learn to speak?”
So, how on earth should the global real estate company Engel & Völkers’ name be pronounced?
The company is of course neither Greek nor French but German, and believe it or not
Germans like precision even in their pronunciation.
Our German language book has a preface,”Notes on Pronunciation” and it states:
“At the outset it should be clearly understood that accurate pronunciation can only come through the teacher: these notes are therefore intended to be more in the nature of hints than an attempt to teach pronunciation”
So here goes folks.
The emphasis in Engel is slightly more on the first syllable Eng’ and the g must be spoken with a hard G, just as one would when saying English (Not a soft g as in angel)
The ampersand ( & ) in English is simply pronounced “and” but if you are German it would be” und”.
Now we come to the slightly harder part; the o with the umlaut or modification: Völkers
Ö= oe. (This has to be spelled oe on the internet as the Americans haven’t spoken English for years according to Professor Higgins.)
To say this correctly purse your lips forward and say ea (as in earl or fur but without the r)
Phonetically it should sound like Fu(r)lkers
Authored by Mike van der Zee
(or. as the Germans call me, Herr Fantasy)
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