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View Poll Results: How To Pronounce Caribbean?
Ca-ray-BE-an 20 32.79%
Ca-RIB-bean 31 50.82%
Different (please specify) 10 16.39%
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: IL
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I think I say "cah-RIB-e-an," but I may fluctuate between the two. I have no idea the proper way to say it...it is kind of like when I used to say Worcestershire sauce, but I think I have finally nailed that one.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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I mostly hear people pronounce it as Curry-be-un.

I prefer Kari-be-an.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Ca-rib-BE-an
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Originally Posted by JetsNHL View Post
care-a-bein .
Placeds named one way should be pronounced how they were intended to be pronounced not how some people promote the mispronunciation.

The Caribbean were named after the CARib Indians not KURib or CAREib.

There is a strong stress on the 'a' and 'r' like the vehicle- CAR.

CAR-RIB- BEE-an


The Caribs still live on certain islands.

Americans need to go search for some Curibs or Careibs but you won't find any.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: somewhere between Lk. Michigan & Lk. Huron
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Cuh-RIB-be-an, is how I pronounce it, & if a native heard me say the word like this, I believe with out a doubt they would know what I attempted to say regardless if I was pronouncing it correctly.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Americans pronounce it both ways. It's not even regional. People who live in the same household can pronounce it 2 different ways. It's very random.
LOL I even say it differently depending on the conversation and the sentence - whichever strikes me as sounding the best at the time.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Trashorida
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Cah-ttee- bay
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I have a client/friend who's stage name contains "Caribbean", and I continously pronounce it "wrong" according to my fellow Alaskans (I say ca-RI-be-in, but they say it's supposed to be Ca-ray-BE-an.)

The Swedish pronounciation is close to the ca-RI-be-in, which I assume is why I say it that way.
I pronounce it ca-ree-be-en, and I am from India.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The two most common pronunciations are the English and Spanish forms of saying "Caribbean", so I suppose it depends on where you're from and to which part you're referring.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I've been pronouncing it Kara Be In and if that's wrong, tough luck, not changing it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: NC
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Most folks I know from the Caribbean (primarily Jamaica) pronounce it "care ah BE in." I pronounce it "cuh RIB be in."
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