Kwa-beck (Quebec)


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Kwa-beck (Quebec)

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apr 16, 2014, 1:43 pm

Do you think I should say Kwa-beck or Ka-beck?

I knew a girl from Toronto who insisted it was Ka-beck. She ought to know, I thought. But whenever I say Ka-beck, I get strange looks.

Ought I to go with the flow and stick with Ka-beck?

apr 16, 2014, 1:48 pm

It's cue-Beck of course.

apr 16, 2014, 2:18 pm

We southerners say it kwa-bek.

apr 16, 2014, 2:22 pm

You consider North Carolina the south?

apr 16, 2014, 2:25 pm

At least in the northern hemisphere, or so I've been led to believe. The Quebecois and Ontarians (Ontarionians??) like to pay our beaches a visit to defrost.

apr 16, 2014, 2:28 pm

We northerners who spend a lot of time across the border, pronounce it: kébec (as do all of the people I know who live there).

What I've never figured out is the American pronunciation of Moskva. (Mos-cow for the city, but mahsk-VA for the river? How did that happen?)

apr 16, 2014, 2:33 pm

We used to call it Mockbah. Kebeck is kebeck though.

apr 16, 2014, 2:33 pm

My dictionary uses Quebeckers and Quebecers.

I once heard Celine Dion say Quebecois.

Redigeret: apr 17, 2014, 12:06 pm

I always thought it depended on the speaker: kwə-bək is English and kə-bək is French.

ə (schwa) = unaccented eh sound, or maybe it's more of a Ɛ

apr 20, 2014, 11:28 pm


jun 8, 2017, 7:01 pm

When studying American History in grade school (in ND) we always said Qwi-bek, but when I learned the phonetic alphabet in the US Army, we were taught to say "Keh-beck" for "Q"

jun 9, 2017, 3:16 am

I've lived there and the natives, at least the Francophone ones, do indeed call it kayBECK. Celine Dion uses 'Quebecois(e)' because that's what people who live there are called--'Quebecker' sounds as weird to me as 'Britisher' does. Not as weird though as a pronunciation I've heard in the US: kwoBECK.