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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #285 on: June 29, 2012, 04:32:30 PM »
Cercle is French for circle.  It is pronounced "Sehr-cluh"

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #286 on: June 30, 2012, 02:12:26 AM »
Thank you so much! I appreciate the detailed instructions a lot!
Another German surname I was wondering how to pronouce correctly is Rademacher, and also von Blumenthal. Though of course now I do know how to say von!

Rademacher: well the "ch" is hard to explain -  there are two ways to pronounce "ch" in German - the smooth and the hard sound. The latter is the one u need here. sounds very much as if someone is choking :) u can listen to it via this translation program if u click on the little loudspeaker button next to "machen" http://www.dict.cc/?s=machen

Ra (british "a") de (sharp like in DEborah) ma (brit.) ch er

Blumenthal: Blu (like the English "blue") men (like "MENtal") thal (like "tall")
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #287 on: July 06, 2012, 07:41:12 PM »
Many thanks to both of you... :)
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #288 on: July 30, 2012, 09:04:18 AM »
Another pronounciation question...regarding how Irene of Hesse's husband's name, Heinrich, was pronounced by the family, and also Victoria Hesse's husband, Louis. Would it have been Louie or Louis? Thank you!
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #289 on: July 30, 2012, 09:16:04 AM »
"Heyenrish" (with eye like in English, long I)    and Louis, not Louie. 

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #290 on: July 31, 2012, 11:43:08 AM »
Another pronounciation question...regarding how Irene of Hesse's husband's name, Heinrich, was pronounced by the family, and also Victoria Hesse's husband, Louis. Would it have been Louie or Louis? Thank you!

The easiest way: listen to this link at 0:10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N_0ogbImKQ

the German "ch" cannot be explained I think...  ;)
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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #291 on: August 01, 2012, 03:47:50 AM »
I would be surprised if Louis of Battenberg were not Louie. Remember, they were all educated people.

His son, Lord Mountbatten, was frequently called Lord Louis, pronounced Louie. I knew someone (now dead), who worked with him from the 1940s and who always referred to him as Lord Louie.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #292 on: August 01, 2012, 12:58:16 PM »
Also, Prince William is William Arthur Philip Louis.

Anyone who heard the wedding ceremony heard that Louis was pronounced Louie. (I know that Louis Mountbatten was Charles's favorite uncle and I think William was named for him as well as his grandfather and there is the ubiquitous Arthur. Maybe named after one of Queen Victoria's sons.)

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #293 on: August 01, 2012, 01:01:55 PM »
The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn;  her 7th child.

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #294 on: August 01, 2012, 03:07:55 PM »
Of course. I wonder if the name Arthur had any mystical connotations with King Arthur?


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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #295 on: August 02, 2012, 01:21:23 AM »
As I understand it, the Duke of Connaught was named after the Duke of Wellington, who was his godfather.

The Prince of Wales is Charles Philip Arthur George, and George VI was Albert Frederick Arthur George.

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« Reply #296 on: August 02, 2012, 03:29:26 PM »
Yep, that is what I meant. The ubiqutous "Arthur". The name shows up everywhere.

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« Reply #297 on: August 03, 2012, 03:45:41 AM »
I wonder whether the Duke of Connaught was one of George VI's godfathers.

I imagine the Queen was thinking of her father when she included Arthur George in Charles's baptismal names. Incidentally, Charles uses Arthur George Carrick as his painting name (Earl of Carrick is one of his titles).

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #298 on: September 30, 2012, 02:56:02 PM »
If you're looking to learn the accurate pronunciations, then  I highly recommend watching the film Romanovy It was there that I learnt that 'Romanov' was actually said 'Ro-MAN-ov' - the stress being in the middle instead of RO-man-ov. The Russian language has a lot to do with stressing the right syllables, and Ro-MAN-ov sounds a lot more Russian than RO-man-ov.

There is one place that I really struggle to say and that is Tsarskoe Selo. How is that pronounced?

Also, wouldn't Maria's name have been said as MAH-ri-a instead of MER-i-a?

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Re: Pronounciation
« Reply #299 on: September 30, 2012, 09:49:31 PM »
I believe "Maria" is "Mah-REE-ya".