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Simonsig Wine Estate Directions
I have been asked by an American reader to add in the pronunciation of directions to Simonsig Wine Estate, along with the pronunciation of the various names in the address. Between the audio pronunciation of the directions and the phonetic spellings, you should have no problems. Afrikaans is a phonetic language, and once you have the basic rules in place, the pronunciation is standard.
How to pronounce Kromme Rhee Road
You pronounce 'kromme' like 'KROM/m[e]. Kromme is the Afrikaans word for 'crooked'. Rhee is pronounced to rhyme with 'cheer' in UK English. American readers must remember to omit the 'r' from this sound. The 'ee' in Afrikaans has two sounds in the one syllable 'EE'[e]'.
This symbol [e] is called a neutral vowel, or Schwa. It is the sound of 'a' in China', or 'e' in 'the' and so on. It is widespread in English and other Germanic languages such as Afrikaans (and yes, English IS a Germanic language at its root). :)
How to pronounce Koelenhof
Koelenhof is an Afrikaans word which roughly translates as 'Cool Court' (as in a royal or legal court). The 'oe' has a short 'oo' sound closes to the 'oo in 'book'. The 'e' is a neutral vowel, and the pronunciation of hof is pretty much as written, so the phonetic spelling is 'KOO/l[e]n/hof'. Those who enjoy languages will be interested to know that 'Hof' has the same meaning in German, and there is a distinct similarity with the German word for 'cool' which is 'kühl'!
How to pronounce Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is quite easy for English speakers. STEL/l[e]n/bosch. The 'sch' sounds like 'sh' in English - exactly as it does in German. 'Bosch' is the Dutch word for 'forest', and it's a common surname. You may have heard of the Dutch painter, Hieronymos Bosch. It's also used in German, but in a more limited way.
South Africans are very friendly and helpful, so if you need directions don't hestitate to ask. We are quite used to tourists battling with our local pronunciations, so you need not feel embarrassed if you don't get them right when asking for Simonsig Wine Estate directions!
To find out more about this top South African wine estate and it's wines (along with how to pronounce their most famous, notably Kaapse Vonkel), take a look at this link. The official website for Simonsig Wine Estate can be found here.
Location and GPS co-ordinates for Simonsig
Simonsig is located northwest of Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee Road between the R44 and the R304. Take Exit 39 off the N1.
GPS coordinates: 33º 52’ 14.19 S and 18º 49’ 34.92 E Contact details for Simonsig Wine Estate are:
Kromme Rhee Road Stellenbosch District Koelenhof 7605 South Africa Full directions can be found on the Simonsig contact page.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 888 4900 Fax: +27 (0) 21 888 4944 E-mail: email@example.com