How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

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How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Crescent Pulsar S » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:33 pm

At one time I thought I had an audial pronunciation, but I can't seem to find it. Is "oh-ah-see" right? ;/
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Spica75 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:00 pm

More of a silent "o"? Or no, more like a "th" sound instead of the "o". I think?

https://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/how-d ... 26a1c.html

Old spelling:
https://translate.google.com/#el/en/%E1 ... E%B9%CF%82
Roughly same pronounciation if both sites are correct. And i think they are at least.
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Crescent Pulsar S » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:55 am

I dunno. To me, I hear the o. It might even be the stressed syllable. :?
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Té Rowan » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:14 pm

I think it is o-ah-seh, but I could very well be wrong.
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Spica75 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:15 am

Té Rowan wrote:I think it is o-ah-seh, but I could very well be wrong.


Yeah, except most of the time it sounds more like a soft "th" or even "f" sound instead of the "o". I've heard it for real and i've looked up several places online that have pronounciation for it and i STILL can't say for sure. Totally annoying.
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby J. St.C. Patrick » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:09 pm

the 'th' almost sounds like a artifact of the recording rather than part of the word itself.

In the google if you erase all the letters except the 'o' it does not pronounce it at all.

I studied Attic Greek in college and the pronunciation for omicron was "uh" as in 'but', unless at the beginning of a word where the rough breathing mark gave an h sound to a vowel. ho, he, ha
Oasis has a soft breathing mark, so no 'h' sound.

I haven't studied modern Greek, so I can't say if there's been a vowel shift.
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Spica75 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:31 am

the 'th' almost sounds like a artifact of the recording rather than part of the word itself.


Yeah, but happening on all six different recordings that i checked? And from what i can remember, the word DOES sound like that in reality as well(but it's too long since i heard the word for real to be certain).


In the google if you erase all the letters except the 'o' it does not pronounce it at all.


Yeah, like i said, sort of silent "o", except not quite...

Quite annoying.

I studied Attic Greek in college and the pronunciation for omicron was "uh" as in 'but', unless at the beginning of a word where the rough breathing mark gave an h sound to a vowel. ho, he, ha
Oasis has a soft breathing mark, so no 'h' sound.

I haven't studied modern Greek, so I can't say if there's been a vowel shift.


Yeah, but the word is imported from Egyptian, so it may have nonstandard pronounciation anyway.
And it sounds more like "ha" than "oa". Except of course it sounds more still like "fa" or "tha"... :roll:
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Crescent Pulsar S » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:43 pm

All these subtleties are beyond my ear's ability to even notice. X_X
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Re: How do you say "oasis" in Greek?

Postby Té Rowan » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:55 am

I do not know how reliable the Wiktionary is, but it says the Greek pronunciation is ‘oasis’ or ‘óasis’.
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