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September 19th, 2013 06:20 PM #1Junior Member
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French names for a French-US baby- help needed with pronunciation ;)
We are expecting our 2nd baby on the East Coast.
Here is my girls list.
I need help with pronunciation though. For my first, we hadn't even thought of this issue, and his name is being butchered each time.
So here are our favorites:
How do you English speakers pronounce them?
My biggest fears are Eye-sore for Isaure.
And Mountain for Montaine.
So please please be honest in your comments, I'd rather find out now at 34w than later
I;ll post my boys list in the boys section too.
But my intuition says it's a girl!!
September 19th, 2013 06:29 PM #3
Mmk. Let's see... My first guesses are:
I Forvo'd them all to see what the correct pronunciation was.
Isaure: 'ee-zor' - Ok, not too bad.
Bethsabee: 'bet-sa-bay' - Almost there!*
Solveig: 'sol-vay' - Spot on.
Montaine: 'mon-ten' -Not so far off!
*wasn't on Forvo.~Boys~
★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★
★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★
Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.
September 19th, 2013 06:37 PM #5
September 19th, 2013 06:41 PM #7
Honestly I won't even begin to try because I don't know how to. For me, I would ask the parents and/or child for the pronunciation. It may take me a few tries to get it, but I grew up with some first generation Hispanics who had some pretty distinctive names and I learned how to pronounce those names.
September 19th, 2013 10:52 PM #9
I feel pretty proud that I came up with the "proper" French pronunciations that Ren found! For what it's worth, I would have said ee-SOHR, bet-sah-BAY, sol-VAY, and mahn-TAHN. Then again, I'm in the process of teaching myself French, so I'm just glad I'm not majorly messing up the pronunciation for EVERYTHING French, hahaha. I like Isaure and Montaine the best, but I have always loved the sound of Solveig! It's really pretty.
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