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Old 10-06-2017, 10:50 AM
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Blockx how to pronounce?

I have only seen it in print, and not pronounced.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:46 PM
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Blockx is French, and follows the usual rules for French pronunciation.

The final x, which typically indicates a plural for some nouns, is silent.

The k indicates that the word was probably imported from a foreign (with respect to French) language. But that does not matter here. Ignore it.

The c is pronounced as hard c (k).

Thus, the nearest English equivalent is "block." The main difference is that the vowel o does not sound like English "ah," it sounds like more like English "aw" without the w sound.

So,, the word sounds rather like English "Blawk" without the w.

Je peux parler français (plus ou moins).
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

My guess has always been: "Blok Ex".

However, it could also be: "Blox".

But, I truly don't know.
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:42 PM
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Normally, I bow to the superior knowledge of WFM when it comes to mixing colors. But in this case, I DO know the pronunciation. See my prior reply.

However, if you are in an English-speaking country and ask for those paints, I am quite sure that the person behind the counter will call them "blocks" or "block-x."
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

In this video, a very French person says "Blocks".
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Interesting video, 0chre, thanks. I also didn't know how highly regarded Canadian honey was in making watercolours! Learn something new everyday...
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:13 AM
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Ah, indeed the final x is sounded here, in this case as s. And I had thought that sounding it was my own mis-pronunciation.

Still, the k is a likely indicator of foreign origin.
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Old 10-08-2017, 05:56 PM
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Still surprised that the x is pronounced there, but certainly it is so. Double-checked my French grammar. Learned something new, or forgotten. But that reminds me:

Many years ago, I was in a choir that accompanied a Good Friday play, performed in Spanish by the local Cal-Mex faithful. During rehearsal, the play crowd (reading from script) yells "Crucifícale" (Crucify Him).

I interrupted, and pointed out that it should be "Crucifícalo," not "Crucifícale." I was the only one there whose first language was not Spanish (Mexican variety). We looked it up in the Spanish-language Bible, and sure enough I was correct. I had recently studied Spanish; they had not.

In about that era, corresponding online on a French music site (actually in France) there was some discussion regarding whether certain lyrics were misspelled (in French) in an old song. I noted that the verb was conjugated in passé antérieur tense. I knew it, because I had just completed two years of college French, where it was mentioned as an obsolete verb form. The actual French speakers, who had learned it many years ago in school, had forgotten it due to disuse.

We now return you to painting, where we can visualize Yves Klein doing his thing in the film Mondo Cane.


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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

I had read somewhere that Blockx is pronounced as Blockz. But I can't recall where I read it.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:33 AM
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Thankx for the lesson. I absorbed a lot of French from my long-deceased grandmother, but there are words now that she never knew, especially modern names for things. I like watching such videos occasionally to see if I can still understand.
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Thanks to this thread, I won't look like a stupid person who goes into an art supply store and asks for "blok-ex" paint.
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

As a native Belgian (Blockx is a Belgian family) I know for sure it is pronounced as 'Blox'. In the south of Belgium people speak french but in the north people speak dutch. A bloc (french) or blok (dutch) is a form that was used by bookbinders of people making shoes. It is like a block (form) in english. In old dutch a 'k' was often written as 'ck'. The x is a french plural which is only silent when it is written after a vowel. After a consonant it is pronounced as 's'. A lot of dutch and french last names where getting mixed throughout the last centuries.
I hope this helps to solve the mystery of the silent vs pronounced 'x' in french.
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Thank you, serpentixus! The name puzzled me, as it seemed not to be Textbook-French (I am unfamiliar with any other). I had supposed that it had originated as the English "Block-X" (similar to Choice-A or Plan-B) and became "Blockx" when migrated to France.

If it had been Textbook-French, I reasoned, it should be "Blox" and then the final x would certainly be sounded as ks.
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

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Thank you, serpentixus! The name puzzled me, as it seemed not to be Textbook-French (I am unfamiliar with any other). I had supposed that it had originated as the English "Block-X" (similar to Choice-A or Plan-B) and became "Blockx" when migrated to France.

If it had been Textbook-French, I reasoned, it should be "Blox" and then the final x would certainly be sounded as ks.
It is defintely not Block-X. Blockx is a typical last name and the founder of the Blockx company his name was Jacques Blockx and he was born in Nandrin in the south part of Belgium (french speaking south, although lot of people with last name Blockx are also found in the north dutch speaking part of Belgium where it is pronounced in the same way as french speaking, and sounds as 'Blox' or 'Blocks').
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Re: Blockx how to pronounce?

Reminds me of the story of the guy who flew into Hawaii, and not wanting to sound like a newbe, he grabbed the first guy he found after deplaning. He asked, "How to you pronounce Hawaii . . . is it HaVaii or HaWaii?"

The man responded, "HaVaii."

The questioner sighed with relief and said, "Thanks."

The responder smiled and said, "You're Velcome."
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