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How To Pronounce Babel and Borat

A lot of my traffic comes from google and random queries. The most common ones lately have been “how to pronounce Babel” and “how to pronounce Borat”.

To aid these readers here is my answer:

Babel is pronounced like the word babble. You can also pronounce it like bay-ble.

Borat is pronounced like Bore-rat.

And while we’re at it salmon is sam-un (the l is silent)
library is li-bRerry not li-berry
and herb is erb not herb (the h is silent!)

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Comment from Hakushaku
Posted: November 9, 2006 at 5:36 pm

Although both pronunciations of Babel are correct, I am pretty sure the movie is going with the “bay-bel” pronunciation (would they really want their movie called Babble?)

How could anyone not understand how to pronounce Borat? I literally could not think of a single different way to pronounce it. Bore-Rate?

You actually know people who call it a Liberry? Where do you live, in the Ozarks?

And the H is only silent in American english for herb. British English pronounces it.

……that is all.

Comment from pokebot
Posted: November 9, 2006 at 10:51 pm

hehe that is soo silly. i can’t say the word “neglible.”

Comment from Bryan
Posted: November 13, 2006 at 4:57 pm

Maybe because there is no such word as “neglible.” I guess you mean “negligible”?

Also the movie is most likely going with the “bab-uhl” pronunciation since it deals with the confusion between international cultures and languages, a.k.a. babble. Most Jews and Christians pronounce it as “bab-uhl” as well, e.g. the Tower of Babel.

Comment from Bryan
Posted: November 13, 2006 at 4:58 pm

Maybe because there is no such word as “neglible.” I guess you mean “negligible”?

Also the movie is most likely going with the “bab-uhl” pronunciation since it deals with the confusion between international cultures and languages, a.k.a. babble. Most Jews and Christians pronounce it as “bab-uhl” as well, e.g. the Tower of Babel (this is where the word “babble” comes from).

Comment from zoseph
Posted: January 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

re: “Borat”
“bo-Rot” would be the most logical pronunciation to anyone who is aware of other cultures besides the good ol’ USA.

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