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akimel
Nov 16th, 2008, 10:10 AM
We all know it comes from a tree in Brazil and is an essential ingredient in traditional car waxes. We know, in other words, what the word carnauba means, but how is it pronounced? More interestingly, how do you pronounce it?

ramphonic
Nov 16th, 2008, 11:23 AM
car new ba

Carfire
Nov 16th, 2008, 11:45 AM
I voted car NOO ba, but I think the choice should have been car NEW ba

CharlesW
Nov 16th, 2008, 12:07 PM
Turn on your sound and click on the speaker icon in this link.
Carnauba (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/carnauba)

Superior Shine
Nov 16th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Scottwax2 W-A-X Scottwax4

akimel
Nov 16th, 2008, 04:07 PM
I voted car NOO ba, but I think the choice should have been car NEW ba

I wish I had included this pronunciation in the poll, but the NOO-ba and NEW-ba pronunciations are very close.

TimG
Nov 16th, 2008, 04:24 PM
kahr-nou-buh :scratchhead1

Mark Kleis
Nov 16th, 2008, 04:39 PM
kahr-nou-buh :scratchhead1

I reject your reality, and replace it with my own.

Car-new-buh !!!! :dp: :woot2 :D

TimG
Nov 16th, 2008, 04:43 PM
I reject your reality, and replace it with my own.

Car-new-buh !!!! :dp: :woot2 :D


:furious1:furious1













:chuckle1:chuckle1:chuckle1

Weiler
Nov 17th, 2008, 02:47 AM
Finally I can help in this forum.....

I'm brazilian, so the word CARNAÚBA is a common word to me.

The spelling carnauba isn't correct as the word has an the caracter " ´ " over the U , which means there's an accent over this vogal.

While you speak english, to achieve the closest pronounce to the original you should try this:

Say YOU
Subtract the Y
The -OU should sound like Ú on CAR-NA-Ú-BA.

If I could attach an audio file here at the thread the teaching should be easier. Is there any way to do that?

J. A. Michaels
Nov 17th, 2008, 02:58 AM
Good stuff. Protects the finish. lol.

yalerd
Nov 17th, 2008, 04:16 AM
Scottwax2 W-A-X Scottwax4

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

akimel
Nov 17th, 2008, 06:17 AM
Finally I can help in this forum.....

I'm brazilian, so the word CARNAÚBA is a common word to me.

The spelling carnauba isn't correct as the word has an the caracter " ´ " over the U , which means there's an accent over this vogal.

While you speak english, to achieve the closest pronounce to the original you should try this:

Say YOU
Subtract the Y
The -OU should sound like Ú on CAR-NA-Ú-BA.

If I could attach an audio file here at the thread the teaching should be easier. Is there any way to do that?

Thanks for this explanation. I suspect that native English speakers will never move back to a four syllable pronunciation of carnauba. We will always see nauba and make the nau into a single syllable. In cases like this English-speakers will typically either make the first vowel long and silence the second vowel or make the two vowels into a dipthong, where the speaker quickly glides from one sound to the next, so quickly that it virtually becomes one sound. (But don't quote me on this. I'm not an authority on English grammar.)

If therefore we are trying to be faithful to the word's Brazilian roots, then the English pronunciation car-NEW-ba would seem to be fitting.

Al

TimG
Nov 17th, 2008, 06:31 AM
You guys remind me of my language professor. :chuckle1:chuckle1

akimel
Nov 17th, 2008, 07:10 AM
You guys remind me of my language professor. :chuckle1:chuckle1

Go to the blackboard and write carnauba fifty times! :)

gb387
Nov 17th, 2008, 07:23 AM
car new ba

Same here-

ColonelCash
Nov 17th, 2008, 08:01 AM
I voted car NOO ba, but I think the choice should have been car NEW ba

I second this. CAR-NEW-BA or CAR-NEW-BUH

Weiler
Nov 17th, 2008, 08:07 AM
I've recorded myself saying the "brazilian pronounce" for carnaúba.

This is the file to download: http://www.justupit.com/get.php?id=184b25c1d66d6048ef013ba6970ad8b4

akimel
Nov 17th, 2008, 12:41 PM
Clearly my poll is flawed, because I did not provide an option for car-NEW-ba; consequently, those who prefer this pronunciation have cast in their lots with the car-NOO-ba pronunciators. While we can't know for sure how many of the car-NOO-ba voters actually prefer the car-NEW-ba pronunciation, it could well be up to 50%, based on the results to the revised poll I posted over at Autopia (http://www.autopia.org/forum/member-polls/113387-how-do-you-pronounce-carnauba.html). The Brits over at Detailing World (http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=93234) overwhelming prefer noo-ba. Who would have guessed?

So as a matter of linguistic principle and reassertion of American independence, I am now irrevocably committing myself to car-NEW-ba ... car-NEW-ba ... car-NEW-ba. It has a nice ring to it ... :)

Al

Mark Kleis
Nov 17th, 2008, 01:06 PM
I've recorded myself saying the "brazilian pronounce" for carnaúba.

This is the file to download: http://www.justupit.com/get.php?id=184b25c1d66d6048ef013ba6970ad8b4

Wow Weiler, thanks for taking the time to do that for us. Very helpful.

Although, I have a feeling if I start pronouncing it like that I might get some funny looks as *everyone* in America says "car-noo-buh."

gb387
Nov 17th, 2008, 01:47 PM
I've recorded myself saying the "brazilian pronounce" for carnaúba.

This is the file to download: http://www.justupit.com/get.php?id=184b25c1d66d6048ef013ba6970ad8b4

Thats interesting - cool.

Superior Shine
Nov 17th, 2008, 06:09 PM
This thread is proof that we have completely run out of things to talk about! :scratchhead1

akimel
Nov 18th, 2008, 07:26 AM
This thread is proof that we have completely run out of things to talk about! :scratchhead1

Not to worry. I'm sure someone will think of something ... ;)

SkepticalSaru
Dec 2nd, 2008, 01:06 PM
I'm Japanese and in Japanese, they pronounce it "Karah-nah-bah" which in other countries I've heard more similar to that pronunciation that 'car-new-bah' in America. Unfortunately, those 'other' pronunciations don't seem to click well with Americans and they don't get it right away therefore I have begun to pronounce it 'car-new-bah' when talking to people here in America..

CAShine
Jan 31st, 2009, 09:51 PM
Scottwax2 W-A-X Scottwax4
:lolol:

Megafast13
Feb 3rd, 2009, 11:58 AM
It is

Car-new-ba

davey g-force
Feb 3rd, 2009, 05:57 PM
It would have to be car-new-bah because it makes your "car" look "new" again. :rofl: :yelrotflmao

Erik Mejia
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:03 PM
m26

dave40co
Mar 9th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Simoniz, thats what my Dad made me do to the cars!

Chop
Apr 27th, 2009, 02:45 PM
I say,

Car - Nah - Ooba

:burnoff

cardriver
Apr 30th, 2009, 01:32 PM
I pronounce it "car-no-buh", whose sound was not offered in the poll.
(car-know-buh), (car-noe-buh). :scratchhead1

Maserati Mario
Jun 23rd, 2009, 05:38 PM
Really?


This thread is proof that we have completely run out of things to talk about! :scratchhead1
My thoughts exactly.

SilverPT
Jun 30th, 2009, 02:44 AM
The Australian way of cause. :xyxthumbs

To practice getting the accent right, try saying G'day Mate three times over...

No, not Good - day, it's G'day.

...

Okay, right, umm, try Gud - ay

...

Hmm... okay try again, but don't finish pronoucing the y in d - ay.

Better! :xyxthumbs

Now try saying CAAR - NOOOBA -- with a nasal accent on the AA and OO.

See? Easy!! :D

:chuckle1

02zx9r
Jun 30th, 2009, 08:47 AM
car new ba

x2

dope92cc
Jun 30th, 2009, 10:47 AM
I've always heard NOOBA. My dictionary says has the same pronounciation(sp?).
One time at an advance store I heard a guy pronounce it "car.uh.nawba". Didn't sound right.

rusty bumper
Jul 13th, 2009, 06:55 AM
Scottwax2 W-A-X Scottwax4

:laughing

Tell 'em Joe.

JohanD
Oct 19th, 2009, 10:18 PM
I use NXT synthetic. :)
No fancy words there, except maybe hydrophobic?

Mary S
Mar 27th, 2010, 05:02 AM
I always pronounced it car-new-ba, but just looking in some online dictionaries, they say it is pronounced car-nah-ba

Websters (click Hear It) (http://www.yourdictionary.com/carnauba)

akimel
May 30th, 2010, 06:38 PM
FWIW, I pronounce it "car-new-ba." :)

roushstage2
Jul 24th, 2010, 12:01 AM
Car-n00b-uh :chuckle1

Ravi_1992
Aug 24th, 2010, 09:35 AM
Car nooba , or Car new ba

kristina27
Dec 15th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Definetly car-NOO-ba but when I first started waxing my car before I actually new how to say it i would pronounce car-bin-a.