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Thread: "ALT." Say it with me now!

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    Default "ALT." Say it with me now!

    Before applying, I had never actually talked to anyone in the know about the JET program. I only knew what I had read about it. And in my mind, when I saw the ALT position, I always read "alt" as an acronym, not an initialism. Just like how I pronounce "JET" like the plane and "CLAIR" as the girl's name.

    Although I see now that it could be confusing, given the fact that people can be short-listed or alternates, I was thrown off a bit when I couldn't figure out what the former JETs at the interview were saying when they said "Ailties." After a *facepalm*, I figured out they were saying A.L.T.s. Luckily, I hadn't said anything out loud to show my ignorance.

    So is there a right way to say it? Did I just miss out because my college never had a JET speaker to teach us how to pronounce it?

    For the record, I did read CIR and SEA as their initials.

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    I remember when I first saw star wars when I was little I ended up calling those empire fighter ships "tee-eye-ee fighters"

    Lost mad street cred on that one :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunkInDrublic
    I remember when I first saw star wars when I was little I ended up calling those empire fighter ships "tee-eye-ee fighters"

    Lost mad street cred on that one :cry:
    The type of street cred one gets by quoting Star Wars? :P

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    I think I may have voted incorrectly, but I say A L T just like J T E
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    Porter at Empire Hotel: 'Thought so: they always look as if they've lost something' -From "Spellbound"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_Kiwis
    Quote Originally Posted by PunkInDrublic
    I remember when I first saw star wars when I was little I ended up calling those empire fighter ships "tee-eye-ee fighters"

    Lost mad street cred on that one :cry:
    The type of street cred one gets by quoting Star Wars? :P
    hehehe, star wars sucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by becky1985

    hehehe, star wars sucks!
    Agreed! Its Star Trek all the way!
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    Porter at Empire Hotel: 'Thought so: they always look as if they've lost something' -From "Spellbound"

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    Is star trek the one with the guy with the wierd ears? thats wierd too!

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    I always say it as "alt" too. People give me weird faces when I talk about the "alt" position I've applied to.

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    btw, i dont know anyone that pronounces it "alt" as an acronym, everyone here calls it ALT as the initials - doesnt really matter though! but if someone asked me if i was an alt, i wouldnt have a clue what they were talking about!

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    Well, all Japanese pronounce it as "ei eru chi", so thats what I've gotten used to. Most people in schools know what an ALT is, but very few know what JET is.
    Mabushiii!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamis
    Most people in schools know what an ALT is, but very few know what JET is.
    same for me. in fact, my teachers call themselves JET (Japanese English Teacher) instead of the more common JTE (Japanese Teacher of English) which used to confuse me quite a bit.

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    I've always pronounced it as the initials. I've never heard anyone call it "Alt", except my dad when he was taking the piss. :P

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    I dunno. If it makes a word then I read it out. If it doesn't then I spell the letters.

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    I read it as "Alt" but pronounce it as "A-L-T"
    ...if that makes any sense...

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    Yeah, unless you want to sound like a total tool, it's A - L - T as in the letters. Same thing for CIR - not, "sir" not "cur" - C - I - R.

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    But, uh, JET is still pronounced like the plane, right?
    Or is that letters, too?

    Sorry to sound like such a noob. Crazy text-based internet.

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    yeah JET is like the plane. i've never heard anyone call it the J-E-T Program.

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    Balls to this. I'm going to intentionally read every acronym I see from now on as a word.

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    My pronunciations which don't mean jack shiz:

    ALT: as in alternate
    CIR: C-I-R
    CLAIR: as in the name or clairvoyance
    JTE: J-T-E
    MEXT (Minestry of Education and other stuff): "next" with an m instead of n
    ...

    I just have a habit of pronouncing most things that are (or could be) a word in English as a word... Except for SEA, which I read as "sea" but pronounce as S-E-A.

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    ALT is A - L - T.

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