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I've heard it both ways: with the 'ch' being soft like 'ch'eese or hard like 'ch'ianti???
Who knows the correct? Or are they both?
apparently it's FEE-AN-ket-TOE according to www.pronouncenames.com
Fee anne ch ch ch che toe
It is an Italian word meaning "little flanking" and is pronounced in Italian as:
Fee-ahn-KEH-toh with the accent on the 3rd syllable.
Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) we got [fjan´ keto]. I think it's a better definition than just say how it's supposed to sound in English.
As noted above fianchetto is a loan word from Italian. The letter h in Italian is a hard sign, meaning that the letter in front of it changes to its hard form. In this case the c changes from the ch sound (like in ciao) to a k. So the word is pronounced:
fee ahn ket toh
But unfortunately nearly 100% of none Italian speaking chess players pronounce the word with the ch sound. I've given up politely pointing out the correct pronunciation it just isn't worth the effort.....
Fee ann che toe
it rhymes with
Silman says the same thing. The ch is K.
you say tortila,
and i say tortilla,
you say vanilla,
and I say vaneeya
I pronounce it "awesome".
I always heard both were correct, and Dictionary.com agrees.
I pronounce it "flank"
It's pronounced fee-on-ket-toe
I always thought it was pronounced "bishop to g7".
Haha, hey Fromper! I know ya from Chessforums.org, I believe! :)
i say custard
simon says patio
The problem is that many of us have been saying Fee An Cheato for years :-)
Another one is the Pirc. Apparently pronounced "purse" not "perk"
The thing is there may be be a "correct" pronunciation, but when by common custom an incorrect pronuniciation is widely used it could cause more problems than to use the correct one ! :-)
When I first started chess I used to think the Sicilian was the "Silicon" Defence
Actually, B-N2 covers all four possibilities. (Descriptive notation has some advantages!)
How do you pronounce 'fianchetto'?
Incorrectly, and I don't care.
I accept the 'K' sound as correct in the original Italian. I claim the 'ch' sound is correct for the American English. Heck, English gets a lot of words from other languages, why not appropriate this one and pronounce it the way we want?
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