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06/04/2014 at 20:12

I was looking for confirmation on how you pronounce berberis thunbergii. I presume it is as follows;

 thun (as in thunder) berg (as in burger) ii (as in eye)

Please let me know if I'm right.

Richard

 

 

06/04/2014 at 20:14

Berg as in ice and the two i's separately- so it sounds a bit like ay - eye, if that makes sense 

KEF
06/04/2014 at 20:17

thun-berg-ee-ee  as per my Amateur Gardening pocket reference book by Allen J Coombes

06/04/2014 at 20:29

Yep A Year on the plot, it's the way I pronounce it.

Also, Jackmanii, for example, I do ee i for the ii. 

06/04/2014 at 20:32

Thun-berg-ee.-eye........................whether "ee" or "eye" for the last syllable, I guess we know what we are talking about

06/04/2014 at 20:33

I say thun- berg -ee -eye

and 

jack-man-ee-eye

06/04/2014 at 20:42

Excellent. Thanks for the help

Richard

06/04/2014 at 22:55

thun-berg-ee-a.  [the 'g' in berg, Can be soft as in burger, or hard as in General]  The two 'ee's are as in a capital E.

Sometimes thunbergia drops the final 'a' and is replaced by 'ii'  In this case.  The first 'i' sounds like, as in ink.  The second as a capital I.

 

This same priciple applies to many botanical names, where ia is used and also ii.

That should get you an exam pass.

06/04/2014 at 23:18

Berberis is surely always thunbergii

Thunbergia gets you another genus. Something in the acanthaceae family.

Busy man that Thunberg

07/04/2014 at 06:42

Thun like "toon", not thunder!

08/04/2014 at 15:14

So now we're saying it's said toon-berg-ee-eye? 

Richard

08/04/2014 at 16:35

Thunberg will have pronounced it with a hard T and it's named for him.

and berg-ee-eye is how I've always pronounced it

08/04/2014 at 17:46

Most dictionarys usually provide pronunciation.  Also there arebooks available, Plant names simplified, and  Hamlyn. A-Z of plant names.

KEF
08/04/2014 at 17:55

I think however you pronounce names if you say with conviction people think you are correct  Says her who told neighbour eons ago that she had a cotton eater in her garden.  it was a silent S

08/04/2014 at 18:10

I think that's right KEF. I've heard different pronunciations of the same plant on the same TV progs more than once

08/04/2014 at 18:46

I've always used Thun ( like thunder) berg ( as iceberg) i ( as in pig) I (as in first person singular) I'm not sure  what Miss McGuiness,  my old Latin would have said.

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