The Word - Champagne

India
September 13, 2012 12:41pm CST
People in most English speaking countries pronounce champagne as, sham-pen. But the fact is that the origin of champagne is from France. The French pronounce it differently. USA is a strange country. Although it is an English speaking country, it has it's own standards of English, like, "skejule" instead of schedule, center instead of centre (only spelling difference in this case, the pronunciation remains unchanged), etc. Thus, champagne is again pronounced differently in the States. So my question is, what is the correct pronunciation of the word - champagne? Should it be pronounced the way the French do, as it is it's place of origin or is it okay to mould it according our language?
3 responses
• India
13 Sep 12
I think the correct pronunciation is champagne no doubt. As the champagne has it's origin with champagne district of france the french may better know how to pronounce. I think half of the americans do not even know that the drink they like so much is invented and developed in france. There are a lot many types of champagne available like croatian champagne, swedish champagne, russian champagne, etc. The russian champagne has high level of sugar content. The drinks can be largely differentiated on this basis also (percentage of added sugar).
@urbandekay (18314)
14 Sep 12
Aye, it is a shame that we in Britain did not have the same protection for Cheddar Cheese all the best urban
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Sep 12
Yep,"Cheddar" cheese can be made almost anywhere cheese is produced...but at least the name is recognised for that style of cheese!
@urbandekay (18314)
14 Sep 12
The style perhaps but sadly not the taste or quality, same with pork pies and Cornish Pasties. Perhaps our Hertforshire clangers should also be protected all the best urban
@allknowing (55080)
• India
14 Sep 12
One should pronounce and spell words depending on their origin. You are right about champagne. The French have their own way but I think they too pronounce it as champagne http://www.forvo.com/word/champagne/ Every language needs to be respected. In German, for example, Vox is pronounced as fox. 'Ensemble' is borrowed from the French language and is pronounced as aansamble. It is yet unknown why the US has messed up with the English language!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Sep 12
The German alphabet has 'fow' as in fowl for the letter V,and 'Vey' for W..so strictly speaking,if you're going with the pronunciation of the original language as being correct in english usage,I hope you like those 'fow veh' cars that are so popular! While "Sham pan ye" would be correct pronunciation of the name,"Shampain"is accepted if english is your only language... If you visit other countries,names and places are not always the same as they'd be in english...one of the things to accept when learning other languages...
@allknowing (55080)
• India
14 Sep 12
I know the German alphabets as I have completed two of their grades. I merely highlighted the word Vox because of the Vox wagon we see here in India As for names. I agree with you. I know they are pronounced differently. The name Irene for example I think is pronounced as E rena. Europe as Oiropa and so on. I am not in touch with the language but I do know proper names though originated in other countries are pronounced differently in the German language and probably this may be the case with other languages too!!
@urbandekay (18314)
14 Sep 12
Not sure that is true, here in UK we say something more like sham pain. all the best urban
• India
18 Oct 12
Sham-pen or sham-pain sounds almost the same. Good day!