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How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Old 08-28-14, 06:44 AM
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How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Isn't the correct pronunciation of "QATAR" close to the word "cutter?"

I hear a lot of people (especially in the media) who call the country "kuh-TAR" so it sounds like "guitar."
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

I thought it was more like katar.
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I thought it was more like katar.
That's what I thought too.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Best phonetic description I can give is that I pronounce it like "kat'r", with the stress on the first syllable.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Originally Posted by nemein View Post
I thought it was more like katar.
You are correct, sir.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

poll fail. where is the Katar option?
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

I knew someone that was deployed there in the Air Force about a decade ago and pronounced it "katar." That's what I've been calling it.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

key tar
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

I pronounce it Ka Tar
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
Best phonetic description I can give is that I pronounce it like "kat'r", with the stress on the first syllable.
This is, in fact, correct, if you are talking about the proper Arabic pronunciation.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

WikiPedia says it's either 'ka tar', 'ka ter', 'ke tar', or as the locals pronounce it, 'gui tar'
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

I always heard it as Kuh (or Ka) Tar. The people are Kuh Taris (sounds like Atari with a Kuh to start it).

Of course that's all americanized pronunciation.

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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Originally Posted by GMan2819 View Post
WikiPedia says it's either 'ka tar', 'ka ter', 'ke tar', or as the locals pronounce it, 'gui tar'
Wikipedia is wrong. I've been to the Gulf. The locals there (and in Bahrain and the UAE) don't pronounce it any thing remotely resembling 'gui tar'

With a Western tongue, it's really difficult to sound it out phonetically, but it's pronounced locally something closer to 'Guh-tur'. Start by saying the English word 'gutter', modify the "g" sound to make it sound like a combined "g" and "k" (with the sound coming from the top/back of your mouth), place emphasis on that sound, and drop the vowel sound at the end from between the "t" and "r".

'(GK)uh-tr

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
Best phonetic description I can give is that I pronounce it like "kat'r", with the stress on the first syllable.
That's a much simpler "close enough", description as well. Go with that.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

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I knew someone that was deployed there in the Air Force about a decade ago and pronounced it "katar." That's what I've been calling it.
I wouldn't trust the military with pronunciation of country names. I hate it when our soldiers say "Ai-raq" and "Ai-ran".
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I don't pronounce it at all.
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

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It's Cutter.
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I don't speak Klingon.
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But it's spelled "Luxury Yacht".
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

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I wouldn't trust the military with pronunciation of country names. I hate it when our soldiers say "Ai-raq" and "Ai-ran".
Eye-ran

Eye-rak
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Remember that old song, "Welcome Back, Qatar"? That's how!
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Eye-ran

Eye-rak
Then Qatar must be "KEW-a-tar"
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Re: How do you pronounce "QATAR?"

Katar, with an emphasis on the second syllable. Cutter sounds so weird to me.
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