Latin pronunciation needed

what I need is an explanation on why cradle catholics constantly try to correct me on the latin word “CARITAS”. I say it like #1 above

please let me know you explanation

forgive me for the rough phonics pronunciations:o

In what way do they correct you? I mean, how do you pronounce it? Car-ee-tas, is the way I thought it was pronounced…
Joeysmom :slight_smile:

[quote=joeysmom]In what way do they correct you? I mean, how do you pronounce it? Car-ee-tas, is the way I thought it was pronounced…
Joeysmom :slight_smile:
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most of the time I’m corrected with the #2 announcement, even though I probably say it with a “spanish” twang

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Caritas: the Latin term for divine love.
(no help on pronunciation, but I’ve only ever heard the third)

a (ah- as in amen- as far as I can remember, that’s the only way an a as the lone vowel in a syllable is pronounced),

i (ee) (this is the only way it is pronounced- many people mispronounce it in words like “in” and pronounce it as if it were english)

In the word Caritas (and most latin words) the r is flipped (not rolled more than once- like a loosely enunciated D- this is often how british people pronounce r’s that are followed by vowels). Also, latin words flow more smoothly than English and German words do (they sort of connect- like Italian words do).

:smiley:

Also, the first syllable is most stressed, the third syllable is somewhat stressed, and the middle syllable is unstressed.

I say it like number 3, but with the “r” slightly rolled.

Ca = the “ca” sound in car,
Ri = like “reed”, but the “r” has a quick flip of the tongue, like a single roll.
Tas = similar to the word “toss” as in “toss the ball”, but with more of an “ah” sound, as found in the first syllable above.

Peace be with you!

caritas

kah - ree - tahs

Trill the r. The a is pronounced as in father.

most accent on the first syllable, less on the second and even less on the last.

All of the pronunciations in the poll are wrong.

All three pronunciations are wrong.

It is : KAH-ree-tahss. The “a” is close to the “a” in “father”. The “r” should be trilled as in Spanish or Itallian.

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