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G: *blah blah* , which means Tour of Italy
B: Oh yeah, they sound the same
G: What
B: 'Giro' and 'Tour'
G: What?!
B: They sound the same
G: THEY DON'T SOUND THE SAME
B: Yes they do

*5 minutes later*

B: Well the place of articulation is the same.

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@ellotheth it's true. Italy and Italia sound very similar. :awesome:

Such conversations are super common in international working environments even when no linguists are involved. They are probably very very wrong though. I think it's a good thing, for the sake of linguists, that no linguist is there to witness them.

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