How to pronounce Alpe d’Huez
…and other place names nearby.
You have booked your holiday to Alpe d’Huez and you want to share this with your friends but how do you pronounce this famous place name properly?
Like many other places around the world the pronunciation does not follow the local language rules.
Please don’t say ‘Alp de Way’ there is a ‘z’ on the end that is always pronounced here in the Oisans (where? See here), so please say ‘Alp du Ez’ and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have mastered the local lingo; a bit of it, at least.
Oh yes, you may have noticed I said Alpe d’Huez is in the Oisans. Where is/are the Oisans, you ask? You can find out more here, but for the moment, I’ll concentrate on the pronunciation.
It’s another one of our “buzz” words with a pronounced ‘z’.
These is no ‘z’ in Oisans, I hear you say. You are correct, but to say Oisans properly you have to say ‘Woz-on’.
Once you have this down you will be enjoying describing the various villages in the Oisans. Oz en Oisans (Oz on Woz on), Le Freney d’Oisans (le fren-ay dwoz-on), Le Bourg d’Oisans (le borg dwoz-on) along with Mizoën (meez-wun).
Once you have mastered these place names skiing the Sarenne or Tunnel will be a breeze.
So there you are, now you know how to pronounce Alpe d’Huez!