Discussion in 'Grammar & Pronunciation' started by skyefriday, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. skyefriday

    skyefriday New Member

    I would appreciate anyone who could help me pronounce a name from the czech republic.

    The name has several nicknames - shorter versions. I don't know anything about the language - and want to make sure I pronounce it correctly and not mess it up.


    It is my understanding that there is something odd with the r's. I have heard of the famous R's but still have no idea. I appreciate any help.
  2. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    The "J" is pronounced as a consonant "y," the "a" as "ah." The "s" in the second variant (really should be "š") is pronounced as "sh." So ...


    Note the only thing special about the "r" here is that they are rolled. Perhaps you are thinking of the letter "ř" which is a distinct letter and sound (see the thread The famous "R" consonant !!), somewhere between a "zh" sound and a rolled "r," but this letter does not appear in any of the names you list here.
  3. skyefriday

    skyefriday New Member

    Thank you very much.. Now when we meet - I won't feel like an idiot by messing up the name.
  4. Eleshar

    Eleshar Well-Known Member

    BTW, this so called "rolled R" is the most frequent variant of R-realisation in all languages all over the world :D
    To help: perhaps you know how the Scottish R sounds - it should be something like that.
  5. finn

    finn Active Member

    Juraska - I guess this should be "Jaruška".

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