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Guess I am not reading between the lines as I did not see anyone cringe?????? :scratchchin:

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Never heard #1 "Paula" until I started seeing shows like pimp my ride and overhaulin'

Always been #2 Pal-a for me, from dads 68' to my aunts 06'

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Guest Shan Lee

Well I come from the place where these automobiles were originally from and have family who helped make a lot of them and we all say Im-pal-a

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Guest Denise

I am from the Motor City. And it's ALWAYS been pronounced "ImPALa. Always. The other pronunciation is a west coast thing.

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Guest Lynn Vandenbusche

Ooh I cannot stand it when people say I'm-Paula-ah!!! When did this start??? Mid westerners say Impala as far as I know!

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Guest Frankinthe218

I've always pronounced it as imPALa because that's how I've always heard it in commercials. Also Tim Allan and jay Leno pronounce it that same way and both are serious car guys. And a lot of the car guys in my area pronounce it imPALa (though some do pronounce it imPAULA)

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THIS is how you pronounce Impala:

I'd rather have it be pronounced withOUT that exhaust note, but the car itself is in impeccable shape.

This had to have been the most provocative Impala ever as well as one of GM's most unforgettable models.  And, back then, they could actually spend the money to change cars to some degree each and every year.

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In a similar vein, I've heard jag-U-wahr, jag-war, jag-wahr and jag-wire (I go with the 3rd).    Aw-di and Ow-di (I go with the first).  I've heard Bon-UH-vil and Bonnie-vil (I go with the first)...

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I'd say "jag-wahr." 

And "Bon-uh-vil" (for the American market) but "Bonn-veel" (for the French-Canadian market).

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22 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I'd say "jag-wahr." 

And "Bon-uh-vil" (for the American market) but "Bonn-veel" (for the French-Canadian market).

Yup...that is what I do.

jag-wahr and Bon-uh-vil.

And when Pontiac used to exist and I was talking to Frenchies, I would   say  it in French...Bonn-veel (close enough)

Chevrolet Cavalier would actually not be 'Cavaleer' for me, it would be the French way, because it actually is a French word...I cannot even spell it out the way it sounds in French, but Ill try, 'Cavalieeh'

I love speaking French. Its such a nice romantic language.   Not the Québec "redneck" jargon, but the normal Québec French. A nice eductaed Québec French accent is not snooty like a Parisienne accent. I hate that accent...

Marseille French I love also. When Marseillaise girls speak it, I buckle at the knees. Ive met a couple. Good times...😇   😉

 

As far as Impala goes...

Its Imp-aa-la for me...

 

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I can't tell Quebec highbrow French from Quebec redneck street French from French highbrow French from French redneck street French.  Generally, you can tell street French (whether in Quebec or in France) because of the way the people dress, behave, and/or if they are good candidates for the Jerry Springer Show because they are talking out of the sides of their mouths and because their speech is gravelly.  All I know is that I just stick to what I learned in 3 years of high school French.  It has worked well so far.  I've been treated better for speaking French to Francophones.  Not only that, you'd be surprised at how quickly the language comes back to you if immersed in a place where you have little choice but to speak French.  And, I learned that, while it may have been in the textbooks, calling a waiter a "garcon" has been unacceptable for at least two decades!

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4 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

I can't tell Quebec highbrow French from Quebec redneck street French from French highbrow French from French redneck street French.  Generally, you can tell street French (whether in Quebec or in France) because of the way the people dress, behave, and/or if they are good candidates for the Jerry Springer Show because they are talking out of the sides of their mouths and because their speech is gravelly.  All I know is that I just stick to what I learned in 3 years of high school French.  It has worked well so far.  I've been treated better for speaking French to Francophones.  Not only that, you'd be surprised at how quickly the language comes back to you if immersed in a place where you have little choice but to speak French.  And, I learned that, while it may have been in the textbooks, calling a waiter a "garcon" has been unacceptable for at least two decades!

You dont click your fingers to get their attention either...

The French are cool people. They just want you to respect them and their language and culture. Isnt that what we all want?

They do not care if you speak English.  But they do care if you try to speak French to them. THAT goes a long way with them. Especially if you choose to LIVE in the province.  

All these years, decades, Ive heard English Canada brow beat them because they want to preserve their language and heritage...in Quebec...

Im soooooo happy to see and read and hear what some English speaking North Americans are saying about our current legal and illegal immigration affairs that I almost piss my pants laughing daily on what excuses I hear from them. Kinda like the shoe is on the other foot...

Life's little ironies...

 

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10 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

You dont click your fingers to get their attention either...

The French are cool people. They just want you to respect them and their language and culture. Isnt that what we all want?

They do not care if you speak English.  But they do care if you try to speak French to them. THAT goes a long way with them. Especially if you choose to LIVE in the province.  

All these years, decades, Ive heard English Canada brow beat them because they want to preserve their language and heritage...in Quebec...

 

I have no problems with the French(-Canadians) whatsoever.  They have a quick wit, a good dose of sarcasm, and a worldly outlook.  (Maybe some of the rednecks don't.)

I will never forget reading this.  When the Quebec Referendum still had some followers but was starting to sputter, some politician in Quebec City was defending the maintenance of the French language for official affairs.  His comment was:

"We do not need to speak French ...

We need French in order to speak."

Classic!  And, with an accent, that must have been a hoot to hear in person.

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Only worked w/ one French Canadian.  He was interesting...introduced me to poutine.  I worked with quite a few Canadians from Regina, Saskatchewan in Denver...great bunch...they were a work hard, party hard crew...

Took some time to get used to JAAA-va instead of 'JAH-va' and Zed instead of Z...  along w/ Western Pizza, Kokanee beer, Canadian Mist, etc...

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17 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I work with one Canadian and it is hilarious when he gets mad and lets out a string of cusswords punctuated with "eh" 

Damn the only guy here who loses it occasionally is from Connecticut..  We are convinced he will be the first employee here to pass on the job, likely from a stroke.  Has been saying "I've had enough of this place, I'm going to quit.  Bangs the desk, F&*^Q@#$( this etc etc" for 10 years around once a week.  He only gets away with it because he puts up decent sales numbers.  He is our canary in the coal mine for citrix and office 365 that is for sure.

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5 hours ago, frogger said:

Damn the only guy here who loses it occasionally is from Connecticut..  We are convinced he will be the first employee here to pass on the job, likely from a stroke.  Has been saying "I've had enough of this place, I'm going to quit.  Bangs the desk, F&*^Q@#$( this etc etc" for 10 years around once a week.  He only gets away with it because he puts up decent sales numbers.  He is our canary in the coal mine for citrix and office 365 that is for sure.

Heh-heh...

I'm glad I'm not still in the IT sweat shop Wells Fargo was in Chandler, AZ 10 years ago when I was there.  On a team of 25 people, one died of a heart attack at age 35 and 2 others (45 and 58) had heart attacks in a 6 month stretch.  The last two had their laptops in the hospital so they could keep working while ill (though they were off their usual 65hr a week output).   3 years there was enough for me. 

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