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How to say: Amir Peretz

Host Host | 12:53 UK time, Friday, 4 August 2006

A guide to words and names in the news, from Lena Olausson of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

"Today's name is the Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz, pronounced am-EER PERR-ets. Hebrew stress often falls on the last syllable, and sometimes there is a tendency to treat all Israeli names like that. Peretz (and other well-known names such as Peres and Ha'aretz), however, have stress on the second to last syllable."
(Click for a guide to our phonetic pronunciations (PDF).)


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