- Ralph Pine
OK, so I never say it out loud in my local pho joint on Sepulvada but when I lived in NYC I said, when forced, "fah." The Loney Planet World Food Vietnam say "pronounced 'fer' (say 'fur' with a soft 'r.' So I got through Myanmar (Burma) last December with no pronounciation challenge. But this December in Vietnam & Cambodia I'd like not to be entirely stupid.
Pronounciation help please?
Thanks for saving me from more pho pa's.
It is pronounced "fuh?" as in "huh?" (without the h at the end) like you are asking a question.
If you look closely at the word pho, you'll notice a tiny question mark on top of the letter o. Loosely, in Vietnamese, this accent mark indicates that the word is pronounced as a if you were asking a single-worded question.
Hope this makes sense.