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How do you pronounce "Walther"?

This is a discussion on How do you pronounce "Walther"? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by AdBro I know it's pronounced Valter in Germany, but how do you say it properly in the US? Smith & Wesson...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdBro View Post
    I know it's pronounced Valter in Germany, but how do you say it properly in the US?
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    Over pronouncing the "h" is like saying, "Hwhere", or "Hwhen", ala Stewie Griffin.

    As a Deutsch speaker, I agree, the Brittish have injected the "th" blend in a language where it doesn't exist. How hoffensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    Over pronouncing the "h" is like saying, "Hwhere", or "Hwhen", ala Stewie Griffin.

    As a Deutsch speaker, I agree, the Brittish have injected the "th" blend in a language where it doesn't exist. How hoffensive!
    so are you suggesting "walter"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    Over pronouncing the "h" is like saying, "Hwhere", or "Hwhen"
    Oh, no. I think I do exactly this.

    No wonder people look at me funny. Or is that because I look like Howdy Doody?

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    How do you say Deutschland in English? Germany, you say?

    I'll continue to call the gun a Walther.

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    wall-ter.

    or the correct way say glock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdBro View Post
    It feels so awkward saying wall-thur...perhaps I should just use the german valter and risk being laughed at.

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    I've always thought the pronunciation was, basically, Vahl-tur (Vahl as in 'wall,' and with a hard 'th' sound more akin to 't').
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    I can't believe we have 24 posts on how to say "PPK"
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    I always say it like Sean Connery playing James Bond. Wool thurr Pi Pi Keh

    Trying to fake a Russian accent is probably your best bet.

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    Wol-thur, like it's spelled and pronounced in the language I speak.

    If I could speak German, I'd pronounce it the German way, were I speaking German, but I'd still pronounce it the English way when speaking English.



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    Like you pronounce "Walter" when your drunk.
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    W in German is pronounced like a V in English
    th in German is pronouced like a T in English

    ....and yes the name Walther is prounced Valter in German

    ....and an assault rifle in German is SturmGewehr.....and we have those guys to thank for our current gun problems as they invented the first assault rifle in 1944
    called the SturmGewehr or STG44 for short. Hey, we can always blame it on the Nazis!!

    ....sorry, four years of German in High School and 2 in college and German blood 100% on both sides of the family.....Don't take it personal, I'm German and I don't like
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    With a lisp and a bent wrist....Dude, I can't believe you could even ask that???????

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    Sounds like, if we are to follow English pronunciation rules strictly then, we should be pronouncing Nazi, Mozart and Pizza (admittedly, a different language) with English Zs. Wouldn't THAT sound odd?!?

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