Pronunciation of name 'Roezl'

Discussion in 'Grammar & Pronunciation' started by Michael Charters, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. Michael Charters

    Michael Charters New Member

    I am doing some research on the great Czech botanist and orchid specialist Benedikt Roezl. What I want to find out is how his last name would have been pronounced in the Czech language.
  2. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

  3. Michael Charters

    Michael Charters New Member

    Thanks for your reply. Now, could you spell it phonetically so I can figure out how the name sounds in English. Like, for instance, ROW-zel or RAW-zel or REZ-el or whatever.
  4. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    I hoped you would take it from radio archive.

    You can try Rézl here

    It english it will be something like: Re-ezl -rezl but with long (double) e
  5. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    second thought - in german pronounciation it will be like Rösel

    btw: There is of course difference between czech é and german ö (oe), é is way softer
  6. Michael Charters

    Michael Charters New Member

    I don't mean to be a pain but I don't know what the czech e with an accent or the German o with two dots over it sound like. Can't you spell out the sounds so I will know what Roezl sounds like in Czech. The link you gave me showed the person saying the name in English not in Czech. Thanks for your help.
  7. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    The Czech "e" is the same as the English "e" in "get." The "accent" is not really an accent but a lengthener, i.e. it makes the vowel sound longer in duration, rather than indicating syllable stress as in some other languages.
  8. Michael Charters

    Michael Charters New Member

    Okay, I don't want to give up on this, because I really want to know how the name sounds in Czech. I know there are people out there who speak Czech and who would know how to pronounce this name, AND can spell it out phonetically. Let me give you an example. If I wanted to know how to say the word library, I could spell it out like LY-brare-ee with the capital letters indicating where the accent should fall. Or special would be SPEH-shul. Or administration would be something like ad-min-is-TRAY-shun. I know some sounds are difficult to spell exactly. For instance, are the o and the e sounded out separately or together or somewhere in between? Is the o sound like the o in go or in door or in on or in of or something else?
  9. Ceit

    Ceit Well-Known Member

    The linguatec link? There's a button on the top left of the text box that changes the output language. Compare US and UK English for some laughs!

    I hear this when I type "Roezl" with:
    • US English - rose uhl
      German - in net suhl (WTF :? )
      Czech - ro eh zuhl
    That Czech "o" is kind of like the "o" in English off.

    And here's "Rézl" just for completeness:
    • US English - ray zuhl
      German - reh tsuhl
      Czech - re-eh zuhl
    The "e" is long in Czech, not separate syllables.

    Hope this does it for you 'cause it's probably the best you'll get, unless you know International Phonetic Alphabet.
  10. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    In the upper right corner is button "Output language" there you can change it to Czech. Do not type Rézl but copy it there.

    I think Rösel is German origin of this name - you can try it in german output lng and compare it to Czech.

    Another possibility is hearing the czech radio, the name is pronounced there by czech speaker.
  11. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    "oe" is just another way how to type german ö :)

    I do not know how it should be pronounced (Roezl or Rézl). I rely in it on Mr. Šimek from radio and he pronounced it Rézl.

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