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How to pronounce "L'Hospital"? Some people pronounce like "lapital". When I was in 12th standard, some teachers used to pronounce "lapital" and some used to pronounce "L hospital".

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    $\begingroup$ Looking at wikipedia, my understanding is that it should be pronounced Lo as in go, pi as in bee, tal as in trap. $\endgroup$
    – JMoravitz
    Sep 22, 2017 at 4:10
  • $\begingroup$ @JMoravitz Yep thats correct as you said...L'hôpital $\endgroup$ Sep 22, 2017 at 4:13
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    $\begingroup$ youtube.com/watch?v=NaebTm9A1ng matches what I read and what I was taught in undergraduate. (Note: I was taught by a Parisian) $\endgroup$
    – JMoravitz
    Sep 22, 2017 at 4:15
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it is a French name. In old french many words had a muted s now replaced by ^ (e.g. forestier-forêt, festif-fête, défenestrer-fenêtre, ...). So it reads the same as hôpital, and the youtube link given by JMoravitz is correct. Now it is possible that in old days, the pronunciation was the same, but the s not or less muted, it's yours to choose. $\endgroup$
    – zwim
    Sep 22, 2017 at 4:27
  • $\begingroup$ "Tal" as in "trap"???? Seriously? The "a" in "trap" followed by an "l" is practically impossible, it seems to me. I always heard it as, either as in "pal" (which matches your video) or as "tall" which, if wrong, matched my professors. $\endgroup$
    – fleablood
    Sep 22, 2017 at 4:46

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In American accent it will be pronounced as loh-pee-TAHL.

Further for this question, you can try the following link. It has recordings of "L'Hospital rule" being pronounced in many languages(accents).

Link with Recordings

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    $\begingroup$ That link has it pronounced in English incorrectly across the board. It is not supposed to sound to like the English word hospital. It's like pronouncing Fourier with a hard r at the end but it's supposed to be silent, or pronouncing Weierstrauss with an w sound like in wire when it should sound like v because it's German. $\endgroup$
    – Suugaku
    Oct 26, 2019 at 2:36

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