What is the correct pronunciation of Xubuntu?


Pronounced "zoo-BOON-too," Xubuntu is a community-maintained Linux distribution derived from Canonical Ubuntu that was officially released in June of 2006, and new releases are issued every six months to coincide with the corresponding Ubuntu release.

Xubuntu was developed with a stated goal of focusing on "integration, usability, and performance." It consumes fewer system resources, squeezing more out of newer systems and breathing new life into older or less-powerful machines. It uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed to be fast and lightweight without compromising the visual enhancements of modern window management.


Xubuntu comes packaged with Firefox, Abiword, GIMP, Gnumeric for working with spreadsheets, and Parole for playing audio and video. It also comes with an IRC client (Xirc), e-mail application (Thunderbird), IM client (Pidgin), among others.

Xubuntu includes the Ubuntu Software Center, a graphical tool that...

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pronunciation (noun): the way in which we pronounce a word
pronounce (verb): to make the sound of a word

"Pronunciation" refers to the way in which we make the sound of words.

To pronounce words, we push air from our lungs up through our throat and vocal chords, through our mouth, past our tongue and out between our teeth and lips. (Sometimes air also travels through our nose.)

To change the sound that we are making, we mainly use the muscles of our mouth, tongue and lips to control the shape of our mouth and the flow of air. If we can control the shape of our mouth and the flow of air correctly, then our pronunciation is clearer and other people understand us more easily.

Speakers of different languages tend to develop different muscles of the mouth for pronunciation. When we speak a foreign language, our muscles may not be well developed for that language, and we will find pronunciation more difficult. By practising the foreign language...

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Porsch-uh . It is a family name, and is pronounced this way in Germany. Standard rules of English prevent "e" from being spoken at the end of a word, however, so Porsch, without the "-uh " is a correct English pronunciation. Many auto brand names are pronounced differently in English. It is really a matter of preference, but Porsch-uh is more authentic. It is alright for Americans to have this kind of pronunciation guide as the -uh is brief but here in the Philippines, Filipinos tend to exaggerate it so what comes out is a long -uh, making it sound like a girl's name "PORTIA" (porshia). As a German language tutor, it should be correctly pronounced as a short "eh" as in danke, or the she in sherbet and I hope these Filipino newscasters stop pronouncing it as...

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By: Joanne Walker BA (hons) - Updated: 4 Sep 2012|*Discuss

Learning the correct pronunciation of a new language is half the battle in sounding natural. Learning the words and grammar of a language is one thing but to be able to converse naturally and sound good doing it one must employ the correct pronunciation.

Getting the right accent cannot be taught, it must come naturally, and it does not always follow that those who can speak a language well – grammatically speaking – will have a good accent. But one way to improve an accent is to learn the correct pronunciation.

Each and every language has different pronunciation and the same latter can be pronounced in a multitude of different ways depending on what language it is and what other letters it is combined with. In addition, in most languages, accents and other inflexions are used to denote pronunciation and stress and so a letter can be pronounced in three or four different ways depending on what marking is above...

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Although we can all agree that the Appalachian Trail is a beautiful, wondrous footpath that extends nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, when it comes to something as basic as to how it’s pronounced, the room is split.

Conventional wisdom says that the Mason-Dixon line represents the division amongst the two common pronunciations, with northerners saying “a-puh-LAY-chuhn”, while southerners say “a-puh-LATCH-uhn”, but conventional wisdom must be taken at face value.

Despite the title of this post, I’m not actually here to find the “correct” pronunciation, but instead to discover which is more common. But– it should go without saying, the more common pronunciation is also of course also the correct one (sarcastic winky...

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Daddy, it's FebROOary. That's how you say it, Dad: FebROOOary. We learned that at school yesterday. FebROOOOary. Can you help me now?
(Jim Anstess, Over the Falls: Survival of a Modern Dad. Trafford, 2012)

Is Daddy's girl (and her teacher) correct? If so, why is "February" so often pronounced without the first "r"?

While "Feb-RU-ary" is still considered the standard pronunciation, most dictionaries recognize the pronunciation of February without the first "r" ("Feb-U-ary") as an acceptable variant.

Not everyone is so tolerant. In his Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations (2005), purist Charles Harrington Elster defends the "traditional and cultivated pronunciation." February, he says, "is a different word and a different month, with a peculiar spelling, a peculiar pronunciation, and a very peculiar number of days, all of which adds up to the fact that we must treat the creature with particular respect."

Yet in common speech, the shortest month has...

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Pronunciation is the most important and difficult problem that non-native English speakers have to face when studying English. Improper pronunciation can lead to negative impression, misunderstanding and ineffective communication. This page is designed to indicate some negative impacts of poor pronunciation and to provide you with some tips for the improvement.

Negative impression

When you talk to people in the real life, your pronunciation is the first thing they notice during a conversation. In everyday communication, you usually do not have to use many complicated words, so your limited vocabulary is not a big issue since you can use more simple words to express the word that you do not know. In fact, they will notice right away if your pronunciation is good or bad only the first few simple words. If you have a poor pronunciation with very strong foreign accent, they will think of you as a bad English speaker and your good vocabulary and grammar cannot...

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Past Tense, Past Participles and Adjectives

ED appears at the end of regular verbs in the past tense (e.g. wanted, helped, lived) sometimes in adjectives ending in ED (e.g. tired, embarrassed, relaxed) as well as in some Past Participles.

However the pronunciation of ED sometimes causes problems for non-native speakers because it can be pronounced in three different ways: as / id /, as / t / or as / d /

(Note: whenever you see letters or symbols between two slash marks (/ /), it refers to the pronunciation of that letter or sound)

Before we learn the difference ways to pronounce ED, we must first know what voiced and voiceless consonants are.

Voiced Consonants vs. Voiceless Consonants

A voiced consonant (or sound) means that it uses the vocal cords and they produce a vibration or humming sound in the throat when they are said. Put your finger on your throat and then pronounce the letter L. You will notice a slight vibration in...

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It wasn't trendy, funny, nor was it coined on Twitter, but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined 2010. Unlike in 2008, change was no longer a campaign slogan. But, the term still held a lot of weight. Here's an excerpt from our Word of the Year announcement in 2010:

The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change? Has there been too much? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive...

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