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Sep 2, 2009 08:04 PM

Pronounciation help-sable

As in the crumbly French cookie. And what about pate sablee? I know how to make it, I just don't know how to say it.

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    1. re: ChrisL

      Yep. Sable = sand in French, which describes the texture of the cookie perfectly.

    2. Sablé = Sah-blay

      Pâte sablée = Pawt Sah-blay

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        not agreeing here. Americans change the pronunciation. It is not sah-blay but sa blay the first consonent sounds like tab not tahb.

        and pate is pat tay.
        both words have the emphasis on the FIRST part of the word not the second

        1. re: smartie

          disagree - pâte should be pat - not pat tay . . . but I do agree about the "a" sound: it's sa not sah.

          1. re: cinnamon girl

            ah didnt realise it was pate not patee in this instance so it's not a liver pate then?

            of course it's a cookie - I should read the original post properly next time

            1. re: smartie

              Yup - you got it smartie. There's so much to read on these boards that we all miss stuff b/c we're just so keen to see it all! lol

              Pâte besides being French for pastry of all types (e.g. brisée, sucrée, feuteilleé), is also the word for pasta. Also pâte - being pastry or pasta or cookies (generally meaning dough), is feminine so there will always be 2 "e"s at the end of the adjective.

          2. re: smartie

            It's not pâté it's pâte. Pâte sablée is a shortcrust dough. Pâté is a forcemeat. I have no idea what pâté sablé would be.

            I'll agree about the first syllable of sablé being shorter. Sa-blay makes sense. I wasn't emphasizing the first syllable with that spelling, just trying to illustrate the vowel sound. Anyway in French you don't stress one syllable more than another like in English. There is often a slight emphasis on the last syllable, but you never emphasize other parts of words.

        2. Go to one of these websites, choose a French voice, and type in "sablé" and "pâte sablée". Works pretty well, and for several other languages, too.

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          1. re: DeppityDawg

            Oh, that works like a charm!

            I'll favourite those for future reference.

            1. re: DeppityDawg

              The acapela group has sablée as sableee.

              1. re: chowser

                I just listened to all the French voices on acapela and they all pronounce it properly.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  The last syllable on sablee isn't pronounced with the ay or even eh, sound, it's eeee on the acapela group's.

                  1. re: chowser

                    This is how my French chef says it. Sa-blee.

                  2. re: SnackHappy

                    I think the recording is correct, but it may sound like "sablee" because the "ay" sound is not a long drawn-out "bray" ay but a sharper and shorter sound. If you make a face like you're going to say "eee" but then say a quick "ay" instead you should approximate it. The IPA symbol is [e].

              2. I was hoping I would learn more about smoked fish....

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                1. re: Veggo

                  I thought the same dang thing!

                  1. re: Veggo

                    a bagel, a shmear and some say-bul est tres magnifique.

                    1. re: jfood

                      especially when served with aujus sauce ( in the spirit of proper French) :-)

                      1. re: johnb

                        hey johnb, if it has any jus, i'm not eating it (smoked sable, i mean). ;-)).