How do you pronounce most foreign menu words....
Really need a a pronunciation guide for foreign foods.....ya know the ones on the popular restaurant menus. Phonetic spelling if possible. Know any websites or books>>>?
"How do you pronounce most foreign menu words?"
I've never found it to be a big problem. And, sometimes, I learn new words/phrases/
What words? If there is something that has now been popular enough to be in the English language you can use a dictionary. Also some aps for smartphones pronounce words for you, especially dictionary ones and the Google translate ap.
Assuming that by 'foreign' you mean Italian, Spanish, & French (I apologize if you had any other languages in mind), here's what I'd recommend. The rules of pronunciation in all 3 are fairly simple, so you should check out something like this:
Spanish & Italian are pretty cut & dried (& very similar, pronunciation-wise), so learning the simple rules should work easily enough. (I have to add that you should not be tempted to drop that last syllable in Italian - as in "mozzarell" instead of "mozzarella".
Please.) As for French, that's a little more complicated, but still not difficult to "get". Watch this:
or listen to this:
(And if you can manage to pronounce a French 'r' , you can proudly order "fois gras" instead of "fwa gwa".) Once you get these few rules memorized, you'll have no trouble reading (out loud) any menu. Good luck!
I do similar. While my Spanish "fluency" is not up to yours, I can manage. My wife studied both Latin and French, and does better (even with Spanish), than I usually can. Since she is beautiful, and also charming, the waitstaff usually "helps" her greatly, and I listen closely.
We have had nothing but wonderful experiences all around Europe, but I think that its mostly her beauty, and charm, and the fact that all wish to please her. I am just occupying a seat near-by...
OTOH, who knew that when a French restaurant listed "Poison," they were talking about fish... ? [Grin]
My French, and my Italian, does not extend beyond the wine list, and then, I pronounce many producers incorrectly, but if there is a bin number, we normally get what we want.
re: MplsM ary
I do this as well. I am crap at languages and when I am in France my school French just doesn't seem to work and I get that annoying Gallic shrug even when I what I have said sounds exactly like what the French waiter has said.
Worse is when I get the pronunciation a bit wrong, and it is corrected by a stuffy server or dining companion. In fact, I have just blogged about this as one of my hates with food snobs.