How to say: Hezbollah
A guide to words and names in the news, from Martha Figueroa-Clark of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
"Our recommendation for Hezbollah is hez-buul-AA (stress on final syllable). We've arrived at this recommendation by considering the original Farsi pronunciation, the Arabic pronunciation and anglicised pronunciations in published sources.
In yesterday's post, some of you asked how to pronounce the word orthoepist (a professional pronouncer).
It's not a word we use in everyday conversations but we find it ironic that a word that refers to correct pronunciations can be said in so many ways! These possibilities include: OR-thoh-ep-ist, or-thoh-EE-pist and or-THOH-uh-pist. All these are acceptable but our personal preference is perhaps the last one."