How to say: Baalbek
A guide to words and names in the news, from Lena Olausson of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
"Today's name is the Lebanese town Baalbek (sometimes spelt Ba'albek).
"The pronunciation, BAAL-bek, is listed in English gazetteers and dictionaries and is an established anglicisation. The Arabic pronunciation has a pharyngeal consonant before the second A."