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In Canada, there's a dish spelt 'poutine', which consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. However, I have come across two conflicting accounts of how to pronounce the word online, and I would like to know how it should be pronounced. The two guides for pronouncing it I've seen are [ˈpu.tin] and [ˈpyt.sɛ̃]. Perhaps some Québécois could tell me which way it is usually pronounced? Are both pronunciations used, perhaps, by anglophone Canadians and francophone Canadians respectively?

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You have to eat some before you can pronounce it right. – Laurent Pireyn Aug 18 '11 at 13:42

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In English you can refer to it with the standard French way of pronouncing it: /pu'tin/

In Québécois French, however, we say /pu'tsɪn/. You might even hear it sound like “p'tine” /ptsɪn/ in rapid speech, but that would sound really sloppy. Although it's probably not as common as the familiar québécois pronunciation of petite – “p'tite” /ptsɪt/

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+1 Confirmed here. – Alain Pannetier Aug 19 '11 at 1:26

According to this wiktionary entry (that confirms my own pronunciation) it should be /pu.tin/.

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Be sure to not pronounce it "Putin" which means something completely else. – Neikos Aug 18 '11 at 17:26
@Neikos En général c'est comme ça qu'on se prend une patate. – Romain VALERI Mar 23 '14 at 16:42

Non, ça se prononce [pu.tsin]. D'après Wikipédia:

Le [t] et [d] suivies de [i] ou [y] ou [j] ou [ɥ] deviennent des consonnes affriquées. Tirer se prononce [t͡siʁe], moitié se prononce [mwat͡sje], dîner se prononce [d͡zine] et dieu se prononce [d͡zjø].

Ce phénomène qui apparait dans Pout'sine [Pu.tsin] est un phénomène largement répandu au Québec, dans lequel le T est devenu affriqué. Exemple: Tsu veux-tsu d(z)iner…?

Si vous prononcez [pu.tin], on vous comprendra mais vous prononceriez comme le ferait un Français, et non comme un Québécois.

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MErci. Il faut spécifier que la page Wikipédia concerne le parler québécois. – Erika Mar 25 '13 at 22:46

"Pu-tsin" in French or "pu-tin" in English — everywhere but western Canada, where they use "pu-teen" and have absolutely no idea what you're talking about if you pronounce it correctly.

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I can confirm people in western Canada say "pu-teen" and have no idea what you are talking about when you say "pu-tin".

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In Quebec, where poutine is from, we pronounce it pou-tin or pu-tsin if you're french. We understand both, but you look silly pronouncing it pou-teen. If you want to pronounce it correctly go with pou-tin or pu-tsin.

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My schooling in Western Canada..tells me poutine should be pronounced "pouteen".

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Hi! If you have access to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary or some such similar reference showing it's pronounced like so and you could quote it, that would improve the answer! Thanks! – Làchus'n'AI Jul 28 at 1:40

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