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    Names that sound horrible in another language

    For those who are bilingual (like myself) or trilingual, do you hate when you fall in love with one name and it's sounds beautiful in one language, but when you go ahead and pronounce it in another language it sounds horrible? Take for example; Isla. I am slowly liking this name and in spanish it just flows out of the mouth. But when you pronounce it in english? "Eye-la" Nooooooooo. It just ruined it for me. *slams face with keyboard* Here's to choosing names that has to work in many languages!
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    Michelle. Spanish=mee-KAY-ay. Yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solace View Post
    Take for example; Isla. I am slowly liking this name and in spanish it just flows out of the mouth. But when you pronounce it in english? "Eye-la" Nooooooooo. It just ruined it for me. *slams face with keyboard* Here's to choosing names that has to work in many languages!
    I get what you're saying (and understand your dilemma about not liking the sound) but Isla is a Scottish name so technically English is the language it's meant to be said in (the primary language in this scenario) and 'eye-la' is the pronunciation it's meant to have. I do know that 'isla' (ees-la *?*) is the Spanish word for island too though.

    I think next time, before you fall for a name, check it's native pronunciation first and then see if you like it in the other.
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    My background is German, among other things, and one that really stands out is Giselle/Gisella. In Germany it's pronounced GEE-ZEL-AH, which kind of butchered the light and airiness of it. I much prefer the French pronunciation. It's also a name I adore and since I maybe moving back there, it would probably drive me nuts.

    My name is Jessica then becomes YES-SICK-AH.

    One that always makes me laugh is Monica, it gets pronounced as MOO-NIK-UH, and Elisabeth becomes ELIS-UH-BET.
    Last edited by sodallas3; March 17th, 2014 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    I get what you're saying (and understand your dilemma about not liking the sound) but Isla is a Scottish name so technically English is the language it's meant to be said in (the primary language in this scenario) and 'eye-la' is the pronunciation it's meant to have. I do know that 'isla' (ees-la *?*) is the Spanish word for island too though.

    I think next time, before you fall for a name, check it's native pronunciation first and then see if you like it in the other.
    I always known that Isla is spanish for island. It wasn't until recently that search for the origin. Which is a place name right in Scotland (I'm going back on memory here)? I just don't understand why isn't the "s" pronounced? It would be more appealing if it was pronounced eyes/z-la...
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