How to pronounce Augusto Pinochet.
How to pronounce Augusto Pinochet.
Pronunciations from the source's mouth.
Nov. 28 2005 5:22 PM

He Wasn't the Dictator of France

How to pronounce Augusto Pinochet.

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday under house arrest in his Santiago mansion. If one wanted to wish the brutal strongman many happy returns, one would certainly try to pronounce his name correctly. How is it said in the region?

Name: Gen. Augusto Pinochet *

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Title: Former Chilean Dictator


Last Name Pronounced: "pin-oh-CHET"

Note: If Pinochet had been a French dictator, his name might be pronounced "pee-noh-SHAY." But in South American Spanish, the last syllable is pronounced like the English name Chet.

Tape: Click here to play a montage of announcers on the Chilean television station TeleTrece saying Pinochet's name, and click here to play native Peruvian Leo del Aguila pronouncing it more slowly.

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Correction, Nov. 29: The original version of this article incorrectly gave Pinochet the title "Generalissimo." The correct title is "General." (Return to the corrected sentence.)

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