David, from Recorded Books, rang the other day.
He had a list of words he wanted to run through, to hear how we wanted them pronounced.
Recorded Books have done this for every book so far. It’s mostly names. People’s names and place names.
Believe you me, some of these words, when spoken with an Australian accent, come out very flat.
Some of the words we were asked to pronounce.
How would you pronounce them?
Tse. Tss – ee, but short, not long. Emphasis on first syllable
Henri. On-ray. Emphasis on second syllable
Merchett. Mer-chett. Emphasis on second syllable
Ghyslain. Giz-lane. Emphasis almost even here, but a little heavier on the second syllable.
Aeolus. A (as in hay)-ole-uss. Emphasis on the second syllable. (Most people, we think, do it on the third).
Hebe. Hee-bee. Emphasis on the first syllable.
Hella. Hell-ah. Emphasis on the first syllable. The ‘ah’ is very short.
Engen. Enn-gen. The g here is a hard g, not a soft g. (That is, not the g in engine, more like the g in gas.) Emphasis on the first syllable.
How’d you go?