Friday, January 30, 2009

Bonne Volonte

Ok, some pronunciation help. True, we don't want to sound like a red-neck when we go shopping at our favorite store.

Bonne Volonte seems to be a loose translation of Good Will according to an online site. Bon Vouloir seems to be another translation according to English French dictionaries.

Bon or Bonne - I think it would be pronounced like "bone."

I have never taken a moment of French lessons. So I personally have no idea how you would pronounce Vouloir. (Could it be the same way we say "velour" - you know, as in the fabric?)

Volonte - according to a site online - I think it would be just as we would expect - "vo-lon-tay."

So I am going to pronounce it "Bone Vo-lon-tay." It is probably a good thing that no one French reads my blog. Because if they did, I feel sure that they would immediately categorize me as a red-neck.

I have gotten some hits on my blog from China, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, and a few other places across the pond. But maybe they would not know the correct pronunciation either.

So, I wish you success on your next treasure hunt at Bonne Volonte. Maybe I volonte see you there!

Have a Bonne day!



Anonymous said...

Hi Shannon! thanks for the pronunciation- I will be so sophisticated sounding now!!!

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Chrissy said...

HI, just wanted to say thanks for coming by, glad you like my blog!! I got that little "JUDY" at Winners (like your Marshalls) but it was years ago, I think she was $3 or so!!! Come by anytime!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Shannon, thanks! I can now not embarass myself when or if I ever need to use those words! LOL!

Ooooooh, you have a dangerous header for a magpie. You know we are attracted to shiny objects. And that, my friend, is a very shiny silver service you have there. ;-)

Happy Pink Saturday!


Sheila :-)

Marianne said...

I am Dutch, I had one year of French a long long time ago. But I will give it a try anyway. Bon and bonne are pronounced as written. Nothing added. Vouloir, remember the voul from voulez vous couchex etc the song Lady Marmelade? A sounds like like vool. oir is pronounced like "waar". So vouloir sounds a bit like voolwaar. Are you still there LOL
You pronounced volanté correctly.
Have a nice Sunday!