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MisterBrix
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(1/11/03 10:11:15 am)
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The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
Ok let's start with

Verbebonc

Thanks

Siobharek 
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(1/11/03 10:33:19 am)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
It's spelled "Verbobonc", and I pronounce it Ver (as in avert) Bo (as in bow) Bonc (as in bonkers). I use an English (as opposed to Danish) pronounciation for the word.

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

deafdungeonmasterRIT
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(1/11/03 10:54:35 am)
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what about..
Imix and Lareth

Infiniti2000
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(1/11/03 11:05:00 am)
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ezSupporter
Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
"...Bo (as in bow)..."

Which bow? A bow you use as a weapon, or a bow you take after a performance? :p Bo as in longbow is what I assume you mean.

Imix = imm-icks, with the emphasis on imm, rhymes with gimmicks
Lareth = lah-reth, with the emphasis on reth

Just curious, what would be the Danish pronounciation or Verbobonc?

Siobharek 
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(1/11/03 12:49:58 pm)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
Okay, so now you ask me what Danish would sound like to an English speaker? <grin> (And yes I did mean bow as in longbow - but you knew that, didn't you ;) ?). Fortunately my education has included a lot of English linguistics, so lessee...

I guess it would be Vair (rhyme with hair) Bo (with a very closed 'o'-sound that stays an 'o' without trailing into a 'u' - in phonetics, 'o' is called a diphtong because it combines the sounds of two vowels. I can at present best describe the 'o' as what lies between 'o' as in hot and 'o' as in two) Bonc (as in bonkers - no change there).

Lareth was interesting. I usually stress the first syllable (to rhyme with Gareth), but the other makes the name more exotic, IMHO.

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The guy from Belgium
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(1/11/03 1:03:54 pm)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
ok, i'll have a go...

how about:

heironeous (you know, the god of valor and stuff)

Siobharek 
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(1/11/03 1:14:03 pm)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
According to the Greyhawk Player's Guide (1998) , it's pronounced "hayr OH nee us".

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Infiniti2000
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(1/22/03 7:09:32 am)
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ezSupporter
Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
Okay, I have one that gives me heartburn. Fachish. I can think of a number of ways:

1. Fatch' - ish
2. Fa - chish'
3. Fash' - ish
4. Fa - shish'

Personally, I find #4 the easiest to pronounce, but still difficult. I think the correct one is supposed to be #1. Does it roll more easily off your tongue if English/American is not your primary language?

I'm thinking of changing his name to Bob. ;)

Siobharek 
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(1/22/03 8:42:45 am)
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Maybe it's that crazy European streak. Or the fact that I've forgotten the details of my English phonetics classes. Buter...: Fak-'hish?

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Infiniti2000
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(1/22/03 11:44:17 am)
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ezSupporter
Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
Ah...that is a lot nicer. I'm glad I posted. In English, "ch" followed by an "i" is not hard. At least not usually or unless the word is derived from German or something. Thanks!

Infiniti2000
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(1/27/03 7:41:48 pm)
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ezSupporter
Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
Okay, now for the real hard ones: Siobharek and SIERK. Anyone? :D

Siobharek 
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(1/27/03 11:54:30 pm)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
I'll leave you guys guessing about one of them (hint: Go Celtic!), but SIERK is easier. I seem to remember another handle, SJERK, and I always think of it as [ess-djurk].

BTW, the best handle I've ever seen is Old and In the Way. Whatever happened to him...?

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

SIERK
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(1/28/03 1:52:06 pm)
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Siobharek, my handle has always been "SIERK", and not "SJERK". It's kind of cool that way as long it's kind of a Norwegian thing, ja? Don't really like having people think of my handle as "is jerk".

BTW, it's one syllable, long "e". Think "see" + "rk"

Siobharek 
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(1/28/03 2:12:29 pm)
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Re: The "Native Speaker" Pronunciation Guide
In that case, I'm very sorry :o I did not mean to imply you were a jerk. Sorry again. There used to be another poster with the handle Sjerk, IIRC.

SIERK in Norwegian.... Hmm, my Norwegian's a little rusty. Would I be out of line in asking what it means?

And mine is [sho-'VAH-rek].

Siobharek
...it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

SIERK
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(1/28/03 4:05:56 pm)
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See, should've added a chuckly face. :lol Didn't mean to imply that I was irritated. Thought it was kind of funny.

Nah, doubt that sjerk means anything in Norwegian. Just kind of has a Scandinavian flavor with that "j" in there. Sierk is a German name, though for all I know the spelling may have gotten corrupted along the way.

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