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    How do YOU say, "Abarth?"

    As a soon-to-be Abarth Cabrio owner, I need to give the illusion that I know what I am doing. My first introduction to the Abarth and its pronunciation was from the Superbowl Seduction Commercial, where it was pronounced "Abarth." (1)

    My first drive of an Abarth, last April, was at a Fiat dealer that had received the car the day before... he called it "Abarth." (2)

    From hearing lots of other people, I ended up saying, "Abarth."(3)

    Then the saleslady with whom I actually placed my order, who like me has an insane passion for all Fiats, says, "Abarth." (4)

    Fiat says my model is available "Spring 2013," so I only have about 10 weeks to practice saying the name of my new baby. I do not want to offend it by mispronouncing its name!

    HELP!

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    (1) Ah'-bart(h), in a sexy Romanian/Italian female voice, emphasis on the first syllable and the very slightest hint of an h at the end of the word... maybe 90% hard "T" and 10% soft "th";
    (2) ah-Barthhh', emphasis on last syllable and lots of "th" afterward (two hankies worth, in the tight quarters of the car!)
    (3) ah-Bart', emphasis on last syllable and hard "t" at end.
    (4) Ah'-bart, emphasis on the first syllable and hard "t" at the end.

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    My first guess is to pronounce it as the Italians do since it's an Italian car. But Abarth wasn't Italian.

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    kayandjohn,

    Like you too, I wish to get the pronunciation correct.

    Foot note #4 represents my understanding of a correct pronunciation in the English language as it is spoken within North America.

    I perceive that Foot note #1 is also correct, when spoken in English with a Romanian accent.
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    I think that the 'h' is effectively dropped, and the 't' is pronounced as a 't' sound, but softly, with with sort of a release of the letter, rather than a hard finish. No 'th' sound, as in 'the'. But My Italian leans strongly towards the embarrassing, so I'm not a solid reference.
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    It is pronounced as if there isn't a "H" at the end. So you say it Abart

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    it's pronounced the same way homer simpson answers the question "what is your son's name?"

    "ahh bart"
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonker View Post
    it's pronounced the same way homer simpson answers the question "what is your son's name?"

    "ahh bart"
    LOL I love this !

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    I've always just gone with the pronunciation in the Abarth Seduction commercial, and just dropped the H with a little more emphasis on the A. Abart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HundredYardHero View Post
    I've always just gone with the pronunciation in the Abarth Seduction commercial, and just dropped the H with a little more emphasis on the A. Abart.
    Yup. Me too. As far as I'm concerned, that first commercial sets the standard for pronunciation.

    Ergo, the best I know how to pronounce the Abarth is:

    'Ah'-Bart'

    Reminds me of all the different ways I hear 'Jalapeno' pronounced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Heath View Post
    Yup. Me too. As far as I'm concerned, that first commercial sets the standard for pronunciation.

    Ergo, the best I know how to pronounce the Abarth is:

    'Ah'-Bart'

    Reminds me of all the different ways I hear 'Jalapeno' pronounced.
    You mean jalapeo



    Oh, it's pronounced Abart. BTW, the name Abarth is Austrian, not I-tal-e-an.
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