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Pronounce nuoc mam cham?

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Is it "nwock", "nuke", or what?

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  1. This is not technically correct, but if you say nook with a rising tone, that is quite good.

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      1. You won't be able to get the tones right, nor the slight dipthong in the uo in nuoc, from just reading and not hearing, so I will give you an approximation and not the true pronunciation:

        -nuoc as nook (as in nooks and crannies)
        -mam hmmm, how to explain that vowel, I guess to be close just say mahm.
        -cham like the chum you feed to a shark

        1. Thanks, all. The question was prompted by a contestant on Iron Chef, a caucasian who confidently used "nwock".

          He lost.