How do I pronounce 'Gaudi', in the name of Antoni Gaudí (the architect)?
The "au" in Catalan (his native language) is pronounced like English "ow" (how, cow ...etc) and there's an accent on the "i" to indicate emphasis, so you pronounce it as "gow-DEE". However, most native English speakers would not be aware of the emphasis on the "i", so you most commonly hear "GOW-dee" in English-speaking countries.
The closest approximation to how a Spaniard, whether Castilian or Catalan, would say Gaudí is as
That won’t sound very English, of course. That’s because the second consonant is not one that occurs in English, and English-speakers often struggle to hear it clearly at all. That letter ‹d› there is actually a voiced dental approximant in Spanish, like a voiced ‹th› per English this, but not so strong. It can be very faint indeed.
If you just say the sound from English this there instead, it will be ok, and people will know whom you mean. If you say the sound of English dud, it won’t be ok — at least if you are trying to sound like it’s Spanish.
More IPA details available here.
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