How Do You Pronounce 'Saint-Émilion'?
Pronounce 'Saint-Émilion' Audio
Phonetics For 'Saint-Émilion'?
A Quick Overview Of Saint-Émilion
There are a couple of things to watch out for when pronouncing Saint-Émilion (which you will also see written Saint Emilion).
Firstly, in Saint, the -ai- vowel cluster sounds most like the a in sand, and the n is nasalized.
Usually, the t at the end of Saint is silent in French, unless you are referring to a female saint, where the spelling is sainte. French has an odd rule where the consonant at the end of one word, followed by a word starting with a vowel is sounded instead of being silent, and the two words run into one. The phonetic spelling is not a mistake, it reflects that this is what happens in this name. In French, this is referred to as liasion.
The pronunciation of Émilion is straightforward. The n is nasalized. The best way to describe this nasalized sound to English speakers is to refer to the sound of the n only in sing.
Where or what is Saint-Émilion?
Saint-Émilion is a town and commune in Aquitaine. If Aquitaine sounds a little obscure, it is only because this region of France is eclipsed by its capital city which wine-lovers all over the world will instantly recognise. The famous Bordeaux wines derive their name from the city of Bordeaux which is located in Aquitaine.
Saint-Émilion is also an AOC red wine.
How to pronounce Aquitaine
Aquitaine is pronounced ah:kee:tehn. The audio pronunciation is straighforward to follow.