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    How would you pronounce these names?

    Discussion in 'Fantasy' started by Lea`Brooks, Nov 27, 2016.

    I've been wanting to start this thread for a while, but I never got around to it. :p There was a thread like this on the NaNoWriMo forums, and I thought having one here might benefit people too!

    I know a lot of people make up names for their stories, and sometimes they worry readers won't pronounce the name the way they do. So if you have a name that you're concerned about, feel free to post it here and see how others would pronounce it!

    (I put this in the Fantasy section, because I think it'll apply to fantasy stories more than others. But please move it if it's in the wrong place. :D)

    EDIT: Deleting my names so that others who posted theirs can have a chance to get some feedback. :D For the record, my pronunciations go as follows:
    1. (Elidyr) El-eh-deer
    2. (Talin) Tay-lin -- spelling has since been changed to Taelin
    3. (Veiro) Vair-o (like pair)
    4. (Edelmira) Eh-del-meer-uh
    5. (Preithos) Pray-tohs -- h is silent
     
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    Unless you place a stress on a certain syllable, I'd have to pronounce them by the default method.

    EL-id-UR (this one is a bit strange to my ear.)
    TAL-in
    VEIR-o
    ed-ELM-ira or ED-elm-IRA (depends on where you want the stress at.)
    PREITH-os
     
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    Sorry, I guess I should be more specific.

    For Talin, you just put "TAL." But more specifically, does it sound like "tall" or "tal" rhymes with pal?

    Edelmira, does the "ira" sound more like eye-ruh or ear-uh?

    Sorry if I didn't explain myself correctly the first time. :p
     
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    Hello Lea,

    It is fine, pronunciation is a hard thing sometimes. If there is a certain way you want these names to be pronounced you can use stress and nuance symbols to direct the reader to pronounce the name a certain way.

    As for me personally, TAL would rhyme with PAL. Ira is a bit harder for me, my gut says Ear-uh.
     
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    1. El-uh-deer
    2. Tal-in (same as pub)
    3. Vy-ro
    4. A-del-meera
    5. Pry-thos
     
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    1. El-uh-dyer
    2. Tal-in (rhyme with pal)
    3. Veero
    4. Edel myra
    5. Pree thos (rhyme with those)

    I don't worry ,much about how a reader might pronounce a character's name since I'll never know it or have any control over it anyway.
     
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    I don't know what you're referencing when you say "same as pub," and I was going for the long a sound in Veiro and Preithos (also, a silent h), but close enough. :p

    I'm not worried. :D I just thought I'd be fun for people to guess what others were going for with their names.
     
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    @Lea`Brooks was supposed to say "same as OJB." Auto-corrected:)
     
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    Oh gotcha. lol

    I actually figured people wouldn't pronounce her way the way I wanted, so I switched it to Taelin a while ago. I think that makes it easier to understand.
     
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    This looks so useful! Here's how I'd pronounce them:
    1. Eee-lie-deer
    2. Tal-in (pal)
    3. Vy-row (as in rowing a boat)
    4. Ed-ul-meer-a
    5. Pree-thos (os as in boss)
    If I could I'd like to chuck my words into the mix?
    1. Higyoti
    2. Lun
    3. Norðreyjar
    4. Sley
    5. Treales
     
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    Of course! That's why I made it! :p
    1. Hig-yo-tee (hig rhymes with jig)
    2. Loon? Or maybe Luhn. I could read it either way.
    3. North-ray-yar (I'm really bad with words like this :p)
    4. Slay
    5. Trey-al-ess (al rhymes with pal)
    I feel like I'm not even close, but that's what I got. :p
     
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    1. eh-leh-deer (stressless)
    2. Tah-LEEN
    3. VAY-roh
    4. eh-dehl-MEE-rah
    5. PRAY-thohs (unvoiced S)
     
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    1. Elidyr..Eh..lied..ahrrr, ah hah hah hah harrr, probably a bad guy.
    2. Talin...Toe...l'In [And here I imagined almost the gothic silent l.]
    3. Veiro...Fhero! Fetch boy, the ball..
    4. Edelmira...Eldorama, pure gold.
    5. Preithos...raspberry of P/th/os..like one who gives spit, often..
     
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    You did really well. You were there on all but Sley, so well done! Sley is an adaptation of a small village called Cley, and it rhymes with spy. Everyone is always pronouncing it as clay there so I wasn't suprised at that one, but you got Treales which has had some really weird pronunciations so I'm happy about that :D
     
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    Elidyr (el - ih - deer)
    Talin (tah - lynn)
    Veiro (vay - ih - row, as in the boat)
    Edelmira (ed - el - meer - ah)
    Preithos (pray - ih - thos [very light on the th- the o in "os" like in "nose")
     
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    • Elidyr : El-i-dire or El-y-dire or El-i-deer
    • Talin: Tall-een or Tal-een
    • Veiro: Vay-roh or Veer-o
    • Edelmira: A-del-myra or Edel-meera
    • Preithos: Pray-tohs (kinda like Kratos) Pray-toss
    Those are complicatered. Might add a few into the mix for fun.:p

    Dlynvacko
    Hinara
    Janxica
     
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    I can pronounce them easily, though perhaps not as you intend.

    Unless how they are pronounced matters to the story or character, I wouldn't worry about how the reader pronounces them, as long as it isn't difficult for them.

    If it does matter, find a way to show the pronunciation, perhaps in rhyme, by another character making a big deal of it, using it in a taunt, or something -- "Talin, Talin, never gets the ball in!"
     
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    D-linn-vay-co (Linn rhymes with inn)
    Hin-ar-ra
    xs always get me. do I pronounce it like ex, ks or zed? Well here goes- Jan-zee-car. Oh, none of them it seems.
     
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    1/ Elidyr

    Rhymes with HELL, DID, BEER

    2/ Talin

    Rhymes with PAL, SIN

    3/ Veiro

    Rhymes with BEER, SHOW

    4/ Edelmira

    Rhymes with HEAD, HELL, SHEARER

    5/ Preithos

    Rhymes with BUY, LOSS
     
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    And you say mine are complicated. :p

    Dillin-vak-ko
    Hin-ar-uh
    Jan-zi-ca
     
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    Higg-yotti
    Lun to rhyme with run
    As it's spelt? I know Icelandic/Old Norse spelling, though. North (voiced th)-ray-yar
    Slay
    Like Eels, but with a Tr in front
     
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    It would help if we knew the gender of your characters, but for what it's worth here is my attempt. Underlined the stressed syllables.
    1. Elidyr Eli-dirr (m) Eli, as in the book of.
    2. Talin Tah-lin (m) Not like Taylin
    3. Veiro Vaero (m) Trade you dipthongs.
    4. Edelmira Eedle-my-ra or Eddle-meera. (f)
    5. Preithos Prey-thos (m) a good villains name.
     
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    @Lea`Brooks & @I.A. By the Barn

    Dlynvacko : Din-vak-ko (kinda like a taco with a v)
    Hinara: Hy-nare-uh
    Janxica : Jenk-sika

    Still have to say that yours are more complicated. :)
     
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    1. Elidyr
    2. Talin
    3. Veiro
    4. Edelmira
    5. Preithos
    I would pronounce them as such:

    Ell ih dire

    Ta-lyn

    Vey-row

    Edelmira is the easiest and I'd pronounce it like I read it

    Pree-th-oss
     
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    1. Ell-eh-deer
    2. Exactly the same as the word talon
    3. Vay-ro
    4. Eh-dell-meer-uh
    5. Pray-thos

    1. Hig (like pig) - yoti (like yeti and yogurt)
    2. L-uh-n
    3. Noro-rey-jar
    3. Slay
    5. Tree-lees

    D-line-vacko (like wacko)
    Hih-nah-rah
    Jan-zi-kah
     
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