View Full Version : Correct pronunciation of 'Al Qaeda'?
09-19-2001, 08:22 PM
I know this is sort of academic, but to fight a little of my own ignorance...I have heard newscasters refer to bin Laden's organization as 'al ka-eed-ah,' 'al kaid-ah,' 'al ka-aid-ah'...
Any dopers know the correct pronunciation (if there is one)?
09-19-2001, 10:23 PM
I do not speak Arabic, but I would guess that it is your third option.
09-19-2001, 11:01 PM
According to The Voice of America pronunciation guide (http://www.voa.gov/pronunciations/), it's al K-EYE-eh-duhApparently K-EYE is intended to represent one syllable (the accented one).
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