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Pronounciation
« on: November 14, 2004, 03:11:04 PM »
I can never pronounce anything right, does anyone know how to pronounce the following words?

Mme

Alexandrovna

Pavlovna

Petrograd

Vyrubova

Feodorovna

Hesse

Hohenzollern

Ural Mountains (just Ural, I can pronounce mountains ::))

Dagmar

Constantine

Constantinovich

Kyril

Pavlovich

I'll probably add some more later.  ;)

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2004, 03:43:50 PM »
Mme  - Mah - damn

Alexandrovna - Alek -san - drove - nah

Pavlovna - Pav - lov - nah

Petrograd - Pe - tro - grahd

Vyrubova - Veer - oo - bove - a

Feodorovna - Fee - oh - door - ov - nah

Hesse - Hess (rhymes with yes)


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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2004, 03:45:58 PM »
Hohenzollern - ho - hen - zoe - learn

Ural Mountains (just Ural, I can pronounce mountains ) Your - ahl

Dagmar - Dahl - mar

Constantine - con - stan - teen

Constantinovich = con - stand - tin - ovich

Kyril - keer - ill

Pavlovich - pav - lo -vich


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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2004, 03:47:41 PM »
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I can never pronounce anything right, does anyone know how to pronounce the following words?
Hohenzollern

Ural Mountains (just Ural, I can pronounce mountains ::))

Dagmar

Constantine

Constantinovich

Kyril

Pavlovich

I'll probably add some more later.  ;)



I'll do my best to make it clear (it's hard to spell out the phonetically):

Hohenzollern: hoe-en-zoll-urn
Dagmar: Dag-marr
Constantine: kon-stan-teen (I've also heard kon-stan-tine)
Constantinovich: kon-stan-tin-oh-vich
Kyril: keer-ill
Pavlovich: pav-low-vich



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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2004, 11:19:46 PM »
Alexandrovna Ah-lyek-sahn-drov-nah.

Pavlovna  Pahv-lov-nah.

Petrograd  Pyet-ro-grat.

Vyrubova  Vi (like the i in bit)-roo-bova.

Feodorovna  Fyo-dor-ov-nah.

Ural  OO-rahl.

Constantine  Kon-stahn-teen.

Constantinovich  Kon-stahn-teen-o-veech.

Kyril  Kee-reel

Pavlovich  Pahv-lo-veech.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2004, 12:23:28 PM »
Mme= Madame

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2004, 02:03:36 PM »
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Mme= Madame


I know it's been a long time since I took HS French, but I thought "Mme" was mademoiselle.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2004, 02:08:27 PM »
Mlle = Mademoiselle.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2004, 02:14:36 PM »
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Mlle = Mademoiselle.


See, I knew there was a reason I got booted from French Honors my Junior year.  ::) ;D

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2004, 04:44:58 PM »
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Vyrubova - Veer - oo - bove - a
 

Hesse - Hess (rhymes with yes)
 


Thanks, I always see Anna V.'s name as 'vurbova' so I got the extra syllable now!

And Hess, all these years I thought it was Hessy. There was an old woman who lived near my Grandmother and her last name was Hesse and everyone called her Mrs. Hessy, and she never said it was wrong. Silly Americans!

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2004, 04:51:42 PM »
Actually, in German, Hesse is pronounced "Hess'-uh" stress on first syllable.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2004, 01:18:51 PM »
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I can never pronounce anything right, does anyone know how to pronounce the following words?

Mme

Alexandrovna

Pavlovna

Petrograd

Vyrubova

Feodorovna

Hesse

Hohenzollern

Ural Mountains (just Ural, I can pronounce mountains ::))

Dagmar

Constantine

Constantinovich

Kyril

Pavlovich


OK, it seems that I have a lot of work to do here. A major part of pronouncing a name correctly is to stress the right syllable which nobody has dealt with yet.
By the way Grand_Duke, do you want the English pronunciation or the Russian pronunciation?
Anyways, let's see:
Mme=ma-DAHM

Alexandrovna=a-lyek-SAHN-druv-nuh

Pavlovna=PAHV-lov-nuh

Petrograd=pyetr-uh-GRAHD

Vyrubova=VIY-roo-buh-vuh

Feodorovna=FYO-duh-ruv-nuh

Hesse=HES-suh  like Mess sir(This is a German name)

Hohenzollern=HO-hun-tso-learn

Ural =You-rul (in English), oo-RAHL (in Russian)

Dagmar=(this one I am not 100% sure. I looked it up. Apparently in German it is pronounced dag-marr,  and in Danish dow-mer. I don't know which syllable is stressed).

Constantine=CON-stun-teen (in English), kan-stan-TEEN (in Russian)

Constantinovich=kan-stan-TEEN-uh-vich

Kyril=kee-REEL

Pavlovich=PAHV-luh-vich
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2004, 03:19:08 PM »
Johnny, thanks for your list. I've always thought the stresses in Russian one of the most difficult aspects of learning that language. (Only one syllable per word is stressed in Russian - unlike in English, where you have primary, secondary, even tertiary stresses - in Russian you just have to memorize each stress, although as you go along you discover certain recurring patterns, in verbs for example.) Anyway, great list, I'm sure it will be of tremendous help to all of us who are non-native speakers.
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2004, 10:48:47 PM »
Thanks everyone for posting.  It's always good to know the proper pronunciations for places, people and things :D  - esp. for us who only speak one language that isn't Russian !
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2004, 11:03:40 AM »
and BTW, the word is
proNUNciation
NOT proNOUNciation.