I believe that good pronunciation is essential for speaking AND understanding spoken English well. It is named after a street that bisects the market, called Pike Place. Gates said “BEE-zos,” just like my dad, who is a few billion dollars short of being in any other conversation regarding the tech titans. Even if you are a native speaker, you might encounter words, phrases and even sentences that you want to pronounce better without spending too much time. One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How can I improve my pronunciation?” I develop this app to answer that question, and hopefully help you improve your English pronunciation! It’s BAY-zos, not BEE-zos. Some words, however, are a little less obvious: Salish (SAY-lish): The term academics have given to the linguistically linked Native tribes of the Pacific Northwest. But learning how not to butcher these Native words is also a good way to pay some marginal respect. Bill Gates on tech and antitrust: It’s ‘unfortunate’ that Congress is grouping companies together, Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos who sold online shoe retailer to Amazon for $1.2B, dies at 46. Yes, it's cool he's suing the National Enquirer. It has a "will" in it. This App will help learners, especially beginners. Sequim (skwim): This picturesque town averages 40 more days of sun than Seattle thanks to a rain shadow cast by the nearby Olympic Mountains. After Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013, the newspaper noted that the pronunciation of his last name has generated some confusion. https://t.co/1dfoTXinrH, — Maria Thomas (@MariaThomas) May 17, 2019, Even the Florida governor is mispronouncing Jeff Bezos’ last name. Today Microsoft is a strong number two, and huge distance to number three.”. Go to this market to remind yourself of the splendor of Seattle's food and culture. Many of these local names are long words that have been phonetically transliterated from one of the local Salish languages into English. BEE-zos” would appear later in the meeting. For personal use. He is sometimes sober. It will also prevent you from sounding like an oaf. Introducing WeWork All Access: 2-week free trial for new members. Pronounce it like it has only one syllable, because it only has one. Let us know. Learn more. Kshama Sawant (SHA-ma Sa-WANT): A city council member and Seattle's most famous socialist. Jeff Bezos (self-ish ass-hat): Some say "Bee-zohs," some say "Bey-zohs." In a luncheon at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder was asked about a certain online book-selling company called Amazon that eventually got into cloud services, and how Microsoft missed the business of cloud in its pre-Azure days. User can hear the pronunciation of each Dutch letter with one example for every word. It also has a mall. Pronouncing his name is difficult for English speakers, as it ends in a sound that is unique to the Lushootseed language of the regional tribes. Every time you mess this up and pronounce it with an extra "s," you have to spend an hour at the Pike Place Market Starbucks talking with tourists about Howard Schultz. Handy reminder: It rhymes with magpie. ", — Janice Harayda (@FakeBookNews) January 13, 2010. During Facetime chats with my dad, who lives on the other side of the country, he often makes reference to big changes in Seattle by asking, “What’s BEE-zos building now?” — a mispronunciation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ last name. A smarter phone number. Takedown Policy, Contact | Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Tukwila (tuk-WIL-uh): This suburb to our south should not be pronounced like "tequila." The Post posted a helpful video featuring none other than the new owner, in which he says, “Hello, my name is Jeff Bezos … ”, Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline.