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Old 10-27-2005, 05:29 PM
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Maybe Dutch speakers can help me with this: how is Orange-Nassau pronounced?

Is the Orange part pronounced the same as orange(the fruit), and Nassau like the city in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas Nassau is pronounced Nass-awe like "awe" in 'you are in "awe" of someone'.
Well, in Dutch it is OranJe-Nassau, with a 'j' instead of a 'g'. So it's surely not pronounced like the english word 'orange'. Hmmm.
I'll try to explain it.
It's Ow-ra-nj-u - Nass-awe.
The nj part is pronounced as the first two consonants in the Russian word for no, 'njet'.
Hope this helps.

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Old 10-27-2005, 05:32 PM
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Well, in Dutch it is OranJe-Nassau, with a 'j' instead of a 'g'. So it's surely not pronounced like the english word 'orange'. Hmmm.
I'll try to explain it.
It's Ow-ra-nj-u - Nass-awe.
The nj part is pronounced as the first two consonants in the Russian word for no, 'njet'.
Hope this helps.

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Well, my father taught me some Russian, so you're comparing the 'nj' sound to Russian makes it easier.
I think it would be - Ow-ra-ny-u Nass-awe in english.

And thanks so much Maxie for helping us out all the time! We appreciate it very much!
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:36 PM
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Well, my father taught me some Russian, so you're comparing the 'nj' sound to Russian makes it easier.
I think it would be - Ow-ra-ny-u Nass-awe in english.

And thanks so much Maxie for helping us out all the time! We appreciate it very much!
You're welcome. I love doing it! :)
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:37 PM
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Maybe Dutch speakers can help me with this: how is Orange-Nassau pronounced?

Is the Orange part pronounced the same as orange(the fruit), and Nassau like the city in the Bahamas?
The Bahamas Nassau is pronounced Nass-awe like "awe" in 'you are in "awe" of someone'.
Orange is already translated into english, in dutch it's oranie, or something like that.
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Aimee is pronounced like "M-A" in English. I am still trying to get her last name, though! Is it like "sir hen" with a very hard "h" in English?
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:55 PM
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Aimee is pronounced like "M-A" in English. I am still trying to get her last name, though! Is it like "sir hen" with a very hard "h" in English?
According to all of the help we've been given Aimée's last name is pronounced Sur-hn-y-en with emphasis on the 'y'. Although her first name is another problem for me entirely!
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:45 PM
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Just another question! After all the attention that I've given to Aimée's name, I was wondering how to pronounce "Floris", and I'm guessing it isn't pronounced at all like it's spelled!
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Old 10-30-2005, 05:32 AM
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Just another question! After all the attention that I've given to Aimée's name, I was wondering how to pronounce "Floris", and I'm guessing it isn't pronounced at all like it's spelled!
Floris with a short i

Flo is like Flow without the w and ris is like risk without the k
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:48 AM
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does anybody know how the name IMAN is pronounced?
is it IMAN or AY-MEN?
is the I like the I in sEE and the A like the A in the word GUN?!
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:36 PM
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Floris with a short i

Flo is like Flow without the w and ris is like risk without the k
Thanks very much Emilia, I can at least pronounce some names now!
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Old 10-31-2005, 05:38 AM
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Thanks very much Emilia, I can at least pronounce some names now!
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How do you pronounce Queen Sonja's name??
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Old 10-31-2005, 05:20 PM
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How do you pronounce Queen Sonja's name??
i think its just "sonia"
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:58 PM
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How do you pronounce Queen Sonja's name??
I think it's "So-n-ya".
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Old 11-01-2005, 04:28 AM
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Two syllables.
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:05 AM
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I dont like the way the media here in Australia calls Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II, Queen Margaret.

I explained to my mother that if one pronounces it like Mar- great- ta then thats pretty close, if not how it is pronounced.

I am lucky enough to pick up languages easily so for me it is'nt difficult to pronounce (best thing about living in such a multi-cultural society).

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Old 11-01-2005, 06:59 AM
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I heard a Danish person speaking, and I'm sure I heard Queen Margrethe II pronounced 'Mar-ge-ray-tah', but I don't understand very much Danish.
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:13 AM
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I heard a Danish person speaking, and I'm sure I heard Queen Margrethe II pronounced 'Mar-ge-ray-tah', but I don't understand very much Danish.
Indeed Layla, that could very well be it.

I used a more simplified way as my mother does'nt know any other language apart from English (her mother language) & french. I wanted to make it as easy as possible. When I say it quick it comes out like I have written but when I say it slow it comes out like you have written.

Like I said, either close or exact. At least we are'nt calling her Margaret.lol.

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Old 11-01-2005, 08:45 AM
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Indeed Layla, that could very well be it.

I used a more simplified way as my mother does'nt know any other language apart from English (her mother language) & french. I wanted to make it as easy as possible. When I say it quick it comes out like I have written but when I say it slow it comes out like you have written.

Like I said, either close or exact. At least we are'nt calling her Margaret.lol.

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I didn't mean to critisize you at all, and you're right, at least we've been saying it more accurately than most!:)
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Old 11-01-2005, 09:38 AM
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I heard a Danish person speaking, and I'm sure I heard Queen Margrethe II pronounced 'Mar-ge-ray-tah', but I don't understand very much Danish.
I cant find a word that explains how Margrethes name is pronounced but try something like this: Mah (Like the english Ma´)-grey-the
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