How is pho really pronounced?

Michael Everson everson at EVERTYPE.COM
Fri Oct 19 08:11:35 UTC 2012

On 19 Oct 2012, at 00:19, Michael Newman wrote:

> The closest approximation in English to the Vietnamese I think is [ɜ]. Think of the bird vowel without the rhoticity, but not the classic though sadly moribund NYCE pronunciation usually phonetically respelled as oi as in boid.

Wikipedia gives Vietnamese phở; pronounced [fɤ˧˩˧] with ram's horn and falling rising tone.

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