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I actually quite like Beyonce, but i think that "deja vu" song is hilarious. ok, so she pronounces it so it would rhyme (sic?) easier, but it means something entirely different.

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i'm not so surprised, because ... remember her oscars performance?


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yeah, i find it pretty hilarious too...i mean how ignorant do you have to be to pronounce it like deja 'voo'?

and i guess i missed the oscars performance...is it worth watching?
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Well pronounciation is one thing, but a wrong translation of something as easy as "I'm sorry" is worse imo Huh Madonna?
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wigglytuff say: you can not explain to a fruit fly how to pronounce "deja vu", so one should not try to explain to someone with the IQ of a fruit fly how to pronounce "deja vu".

"racism is dead, it died when MLK walked on a bridge and freed the slaves. Now we have a socialist Kenyan president who is not an American and if anyone mentions race they are a reverse racist (while racism is dead, reverse racism is alive and well.) #whattheyteachyouatfox"
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i'm not saying she's stupid per se, i'm just thinking: there must be someone in her entourage (another french word ) wo knows some french and tells her it's a little awkward

@tfannis: "ik ben droevik "

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What's the correct pronunciation??
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Geesh, I know folks hate Beyonce but if you are going to require her to pronouce every word properly then you might as well shut down the music industry. I can think of many artists who do the exact same thing.
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Geesh, I know folks hate Beyonce but if you are going to require her to pronouce every word properly then you might as well shut down the music industry. I can think of many artists who do the exact same thing.
right, but some of us LIKE those other artists.

"racism is dead, it died when MLK walked on a bridge and freed the slaves. Now we have a socialist Kenyan president who is not an American and if anyone mentions race they are a reverse racist (while racism is dead, reverse racism is alive and well.) #whattheyteachyouatfox"
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Saw her video yesterday for the first time
I was in the gym running and couldn't hear the music on the tv (thank god), but she simply looked ridiculous. Dancing like a monkey and looking constipated. Then suddenly, she was not a monkey, but an owl, or was it a hawk? Anyway, then she suddenly started to flutter around her arms, which made me think, hmmm, a large bird of some kind.
My conclusion, it made me laugh.
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Wait I couldn't really tell when I listened to it...

Does she prounce the ja as j-uh or as it should be, j-ah?
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I believe almost all Americans pronounce it "voo". It is one of those French phrases that has morphed into "English". Like Champagne and Filet Mignon and Coup E'Tat.
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Geesh, I know folks hate Beyonce but if you are going to require her to pronouce every word properly then you might as well shut down the music industry. I can think of many artists who do the exact same thing.
Ok now, sorry but this i stotally untrue.
i really DO LIKE beyonce.
She just uses ONE french expression in the whole song, why shouldn't she pronounce it correctly, if you speak another language, don't you want to pronounce it correctly?

the "Déjà" is actually quite OK, it's just the "vu" that she pronouces as "voo", which is "vouz" in french, which mean "you". While "Vu" means "seen". so "déjà vu" means "seen before". What she's singing now mean "already you" or something.

It should be pronounce a bit like the "ue" in fuel. Sharper ù, not "oo".

What's wrong with pronouncing words the way they should be pronounced?

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I believe almost all Americans pronounce it "voo". It is one of those French phrases that has morphed into "English". Like Champagne and Filet Mignon and Coup E'Tat.
Coup d'Etat

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Ok now, sorry but this i stotally untrue.
i really DO LIKE beyonce.
She just uses ONE french expression in the whole song, why shouldn't she pronounce it correctly, if you speak another language, don't you want to pronounce it correctly?

the "Déjà" is actually quite OK, it's just the "vu" that she pronouces as "voo", which is "vouz" in french, which mean "you". While "Vu" means "seen". so "déjà vu" means "seen before". What she's singing now mean "already you" or something.

It should be pronounce a bit like the "ue" in fuel. Sharper ù, not "oo".

What's wrong with pronouncing words the way they should be pronounced?
So is it an expression in France if it's literally translated or is it just an expression in the US??!!
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