Pronunciation of names?

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Pronunciation of names?

Post by Gontolmon » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:54 pm

Hello everyone. I have a question for you guys that has been bothering me. I'm not all entirely sure how to say some characters names correctly. I searched the forums a bit but to avail found a pronunciation guide. If this has already been asked, I'm sorry.

This is how I think they are supposed to be said:
Hisao: (His-ow)
Emi: No problem with this one
Hanako: (Han-ack-o)
Lilly: No problem with this one
Rin: Seeing as how close to my name this is Im sure I am saying correctly.
Shizune: (She-zoo-nay)
Misha: (Me-sha)
Yuuko: (You-co)

Well did I fail miserably? Thanks for reading.

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by SirMax » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:58 pm

I think it's supposed to be pronounced syllable by syllable, so Hisao would be Heee saaa ohh. Aside from that I think you have it right.
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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by Ambi07 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:12 pm

They follow the japanese pronounciation, which is pretty phonetically static. Each consonant and following vowel pair are said in it's own syllable. Single vowels tacked onto the pairs would extend the sound or add it's own sound onto the end depending on the vowel, which really is just part of the evolution of the language over time to make it easier to speak rather than staccato-ing the Hi--Sa--Oh into three syllables.

Or just simply, the corrections would be:
Hanako: (Ha-na-koh)
Shizune: (Shi-Zu-Neh)
Yuuko: (Yuu--ko)

Then again we can say the game is originally english so you can pronounce them anyway you like (lol).

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by Gontolmon » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:27 pm

Ambi07 wrote:They follow the japanese pronounciation, which is pretty phonetically static. Each consonant and following vowel pair are said in it's own syllable. Single vowels tacked onto the pairs would extend the sound or add it's own sound onto the end depending on the vowel, which really is just part of the evolution of the language over time to make it easier to speak rather than staccato-ing the Hi--Sa--Oh into three syllables.

Or just simply, the corrections would be:
Hanako: (Ha-na-koh)
Shizune: (Shi-Zu-Neh)
Yuuko: (Yuu--ko)

Then again we can say the game is originally english so you can pronounce them anyway you like (lol).
Awesome! Thanks alot guys!

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by Super Guest Man » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:46 am

I always pronounced Shizune's name She-zune. Just me though...

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Post by ROFLWAFFLE! » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:43 am

Gontolmon wrote:Shizune: (She-zoo-nay)
I'm sorry, but that just reminded me of Sha-nay-nay. xD
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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by cpl_crud » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:36 am

One thing that always bothers me is the fact that people that consider themselves fans of Japanese-themed entertainment never bother to learn (or, at the very least, pick up on) the pronunciation of Japanese words. I could almost understand it if it were as hard as English, but the Japanese phonetic alphabet is fixed. You can't get it wrong.

Every time I go to a public gathering of Nerds (let's not beat around the bush) I'm surprised at how many mispronunciations there are.

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by delta » Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:40 am

public gathering of Nerds
That should not happen in the first place.
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Post by Bara » Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:37 pm

delta wrote:
public gathering of Nerds
That should not happen in the first place.
But it does on occasion. Mostly in the dead of night, with junk food and alcohol, and with no women present. (Hmmm, sounds rather gay when you describe it. Or it could be a Skull and Crossbones fraternity meeting.) :lol:

To get somewhat back on topic, I can empathise about mispronounced names. My last name is slavic and when my great-grandfather emigrated to America his name was "Americanized" by some helpful imigration official. Ever since then it has been spelled phoneticly acording to standard American pronounciation; but an amazing number of native speaking and educated people still manage to screw it up. :roll:

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by DuaneMoody » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:27 pm

cpl_crud wrote:I could almost understand it if it were as hard as English, but the Japanese phonetic alphabet is fixed. You can't get it wrong.
hana (はな)

Neither the romanization nor the kana can tell you which word I just spelled, but if it was spoken aloud you'd presumably know the difference between "flower" and "nose." Orthography isn't a perfect guide to pronunciation in Japanese, either.

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by Aura » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:05 pm

Both "nose" and "flower" are pronounced the same way.
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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by SirMax » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:12 pm

Aura wrote:Both "nose" and "flower" are pronounced the same way.
no doubt this has lead to some puns...
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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by Aura » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:25 pm

Japanese a language custom made for punning. It's their national sport.
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Post by vermithrx » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:51 pm

Aura wrote:Japanese a language custom made for punning. It's their national sport.
Now there is a sport I can get behind! As if I didn't already have enough reasons to want to learn more of their language and culture. :lol:

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Re: Pronunciation of names?

Post by DuaneMoody » Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:28 pm

Aura wrote:Both "nose" and "flower" are pronounced the same way.
According to the thing i checked out from the library, they have different tones on the syllables. C'est la vie

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