Yesterday, while searching the Internet for Indonesian sailing ships, I came across the Wikipedia article for the pinisi. No pronunciation is given in that article, and I was unable to find anything in Merriam-Webster or Wiktionary or by Googling "pinisi pronunciation".

My guess would be that it is pronounced /pɪˈnisi/ or /pəˈnisi/, but I'd like to know for sure. How should the word "pinisi" be pronounced in English?

(Since this word appears to be used like an English word in the English Wikipedia article linked above, I believe that this question is on-topic for this site, but since I haven't yet been able to find its pronunciation in any English dictionaries, I could be mistaken.)

  • The French are ahead of us: How to pronounce pinisi Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 16:52
  • @EdwinAshworth Are you sure that's the same word? No meaning is given, and as Wiktionary shows, there may be other words that have the same spelling.
    – Sam Estep
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 16:54
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    I'd say most people would pronounce it "pɪnɪ'si", or "pinn-iss-ee" if you prefer. Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 16:56
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a foreign word. Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 18:07
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    So we don't care how Honda is pronounced because it is foreign? Don't close, please. OP, you might try posting on Boatdesign.net.
    – Phil Sweet
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 3:54

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It should be 'pee-nee-see' if you wanna use 'English' writing. It's an Indonesian word, where /i/ is pronounced /ee/.

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