Voronof's snowdrop

B Spencer bea.spencer@sympatico.ca
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:38:19 PDT
You are absolutely correct about Russian and a lot of other  Slavic 
languages.  There exists the shch sound in Russian and they use it a lot. It 
is more complicated though because in a language using the Latin alphabet 
like Polish and not the Cyrillic of the Russian language ch  is pronounced 
as h only more like the Hebrew version. Latin does not have "w" but in 
Polish which is close enough to Russian to be able to communicate in simple 
ways or in German for example W stands for V in pronunciation, whatever 
nuances the  experts can find between them. V exists in Polish (and German, 
hence the V1 And V2 rockets) but it is never used in Polish. The only use I 
can think of is "veto".
To complicate the matter even more. Polish has the English w sound  but it 
is called the "hard L' and is written as crossed  L  sort of for  the lack 
of a better explanation. I should know because I have both letters/sounds in 
my  given name.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tim Eck
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:30 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: Re: [pbs] Voronof's snowdrop

In German, the sch (and the s when followed by p or t) is pronounced
indistinguishably from the unvoiced (American) English sh.  I believe
Russian has the unvoiced sh, the ch, and the shch in sequence.

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