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How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

by Donnylass Online Now Jun 8, 2004 at 4:06 AM

I'm going there in November and I know it's daft but I've never actually heard the name spoken! Hope someone can help me out of my ignorance - cheers

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by CliffClaven Online Now Jun 8, 2004 at 4:16 AM

    From argentina-guide.com.ar : ' Then the first white men arrived to this area, they found out that the natives referred to this beautiful bay well protected against the winds and surrounded by mountains as "Ooshooia" or "Ouchouaya". The first persons who got in touch with the natives were English speaking sailors and missionaries; therefore the right pronunciation was "Ushuuaia". Finally the name become "Ushuaia" both for the bay and for the town that started growing around it, until it become the southernmost city in the world. What is the meaning of this word for the Yamana natives? It simply meant "bay penetrating Westwards" or "bay towards the end " . This description turned out very accurate. '

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    Re: Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by Donnylass Online Now Jun 8, 2004 at 4:20 AM

    Thanks very much - thats great and good to know the history too!

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by VicTheTraveller Online Now Jun 11, 2004 at 9:48 AM

    In Argentina we pronounce it this way: oo-s-oo-a-ee-a. oo as in boom s as in sugar a as in after ee as in beef a as in after Best regards, Vic

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by VicTheTraveller Online Now Jun 11, 2004 at 9:49 AM

    In Argentina we pronounce it this way: oo-s-oo-a-ee-a. oo as in boom s as in salt a as in after ee as in beef a as in after Best regards, Vic

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by VicTheTraveller Online Now Jun 11, 2004 at 9:49 AM

    By the way, the correct posting is the last one!!! s as in salt.

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    Re: Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by Donnylass Online Now Jun 14, 2004 at 2:51 AM

    Thanks Vic - a friend of mine tried to tell me it was oosh - way - a But she's from England so what does she know! I now know exactly how to say it properly thanks to you! Cheers Lynda

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by galy Online Now Jun 20, 2004 at 9:00 AM

    I go with Vic. The locals pronaunce the S as is Salt not as in Sugar!

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    Re: Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by Donnylass Online Now Jun 20, 2004 at 2:28 PM

    Thanks for the confirmation Galy!

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    Re: Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by galy Online Now Jun 21, 2004 at 12:07 AM

    So, are you on your way to Ushuaia? Great place!

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    Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by Donnylass Online Now Jun 21, 2004 at 2:01 AM

    Galy - yes can't wait - so excited! We go from there for an Antarctic and Chile holiday. We wont be in Ushuaia long but I like to know as much as I can about places before I go - and I know how daft you feel when you dont know correct pronunciations so I wanted to get it right! I guess you have been there so I'll stop by your pages again and see what you have on there. Any tips gratefully received!

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    Re: Re: How do you pronounce "Ushuaia" ?

    by galy Online Now Jun 22, 2004 at 12:04 PM

    As you commented on the Yerba Mate on my page, and we are dealing with pronouncation here, this is pronaunced "Sherba Mate" (SH like SHE)

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