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rhz
Apr 20th, 2003, 06:17 AM
Is it the same as you pronounce it in English? or Juice-Thin??

just wondering!

Crazy Canuck
Apr 20th, 2003, 06:36 AM
It's close to how it's pronounce in English than it is to "Juice-thin" lol :D

There is more emphasis on the U then we use in English... I don't know how to explain it ;)

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:01 AM
zhoo-STEEN

YSL
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:06 AM
zhoo-STEEN
Nicely done, jouissant! ;)

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:19 AM
zhoo-STEEN
zhoo? :confused:

Come-on-kim
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:22 AM
no it's Jeus-tine!!

In english you pronouce it like "Just - in" but in french, the "u" isn't pronounced like that! It's more like Jeus-tine

arn
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:23 AM
I would say the 'thin-sound' is the right one. 'Steen' is too long IMO.

The first part is hard to explain, but it's not zhoo!

JonBcn
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:24 AM
zhoo? :confused:

bless you. would you like a handkerchief for that?

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:26 AM
I would say the 'thin-sound' is the right one. 'Steen' is too long IMO.

The first part is hard to explain, but it's not zhoo!
No, "thin" isn't how it's pronounced in French, it's pure English, "Steen" is much closer.

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:28 AM
bless you. would you like a handkerchief for that?
lol, that would be an odd sneeze.

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:29 AM
By "zh" I mean the sound at the start of French names such as "Justine". ;)

MartinaI
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:29 AM
It's Joo-steen with the J sounding soft.

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:33 AM
By "zh" I mean the sound at the start of French names such as "Justine". ;)
Yeah but I was :confused: with the "oo". Can you give an example of a word?

arn
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:34 AM
No, "thin" isn't how it's pronounced in French, it's pure English, "Steen" is much closer.

nah, it's the 'Thin' sound with a little 'doffe e' (don't know how the say it in English) at the end.

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:36 AM
nah, it's the 'Thin' sound with a little 'doffe e' (don't know how the say it in English) at the end.
That's pronouncing the whole word, you mean? But I think you have to end with a "n" as in many French words you don't pronounce the last lettre.

arn
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:39 AM
yeah, But I don't mean a clear e, just a very very little one ;)

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:42 AM
yeah, But I don't mean a clear e, just a very very little one ;)
Ah ok ;) nuff nitpicking :p

Giuliano
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:42 AM
For those who can read phonetics... The stress is on the i.

arn
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:43 AM
Ah ok ;) nuff nitpicking :p

Yep :D ;)

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:43 AM
For those who can read phonetics... The stress is on the i.
Yeah, like that ;)

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:47 AM
lol.

In English the name "Justine" is pronounced dzuss-TEEN, with the hard "j". In French it is zhoo-STEEN with the soft "j".

I thought this would be a less confusing way of explaining it than using phonetics, but these things always end up confusing. :D

gladysharon
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:49 AM
LOL...looking at all the posts here...it indeed makes people feel confusing! :D

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:53 AM
Yeah but I was :confused: with the "oo". Can you give an example of a word?

lol :D

To my ear, it sounds much like the "oo" in..."noodles"!

Giuliano
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:57 AM
Hmm then no, it isn't the same word. The u in Justine is a sound that doesn't exist in English... it's like ü in German (if you've studied German that is ;)). It's hard to make that sound for non-native speakers though.

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 09:59 AM
lol :D

To my ear, it sounds much like the "oo" in..."noodles"!
Nah, I don't think so, it's more between "oo" and "uu" but that 2nd one you don't have in English I think. Pfff I think to much :rolleyes: :devil:

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 20th, 2003, 10:06 AM
What about "Henin"?

Of course, I'm trying to come up with the nearest English equivalents, not being a French speaker except for a bit of high school French. I still think my pronunciation of "Justine" is about as close as you can get with English vowels and consonants.

About the closest I can get with "Henin" is:

eh-NAN. But the last "n" is not really sounded and the stresses are more even. The second syllable is a kind of nasal sound that English lacks. Anyone want to discuss that one? :D

Then we can go onto "Hardenne". ;)

Mercury Rising
Apr 20th, 2003, 10:14 AM
About the closest I can get with "Henin" is:

eh-NAN. But the last "n" is not really sounded and the stresses are more even. The second syllable is a kind of nasal sound that English lacks. Anyone want to discuss that one? :D
That sounds quite good.

Then we can go onto "Hardenne". ;)
lol :devil:

Giuliano
Apr 20th, 2003, 10:21 AM
I pronounce it like this ;)
The last sound is difficult to produce... try to say [e] (like in bet)through your nose. You'll feel silly at first but that's how it is produced :D.

Soch
Apr 20th, 2003, 02:43 PM
Full name in phonetics like this... I'll upload a wave file in a minute or two...

bbypk
Apr 20th, 2003, 02:45 PM
Full name in phonetics like this... I'll upload a wave file in a minute or two...

Pero que pijotero estas hecho.... cuidate ese pulso!!! :p

starr
Apr 20th, 2003, 02:56 PM
Thanks for that hint on the French "u"

The umlauted u isn't that hard to say if one just practices a bit. But the problem is that most people from the U.S. don't move their lips and tongue very much when they speak so just explaining how to make the sound isn't very useful. It helps to imitate the lip and tongue placements.

The other reminder is that U.S. english speakers draw out vowell sounds much more than do European speakers so nearly every vowell sound will be a much shorter sound than any U.S. english vowell sound.

And also I thought there was no "th" sound in french so I got confused when I saw someone suggesting that the last syllable should be pronounced as "thin"

*JR*
Apr 20th, 2003, 02:59 PM
The first name: Juju! :p

Experimentee
Apr 20th, 2003, 03:05 PM
Its really hard to explain how to say French words in writing., i couldnt do it without using more examples of french words. The sounds are totally differnet to what we use in english!

Giuliano
Apr 20th, 2003, 03:16 PM
Oh and Soch is right... I don't know why but I wrote a sound which only exists in portuguese (I think)... the last sound in Henin is more open.

Soch
Apr 20th, 2003, 03:25 PM
Download this mp3 file made with a speech program

http://inicia.es/de/sartal/henin.mp3

caramel
Apr 20th, 2003, 03:33 PM
OMG Juice-thin... heehee. Thin juice? What´s that?
Sorry , I couldn´t help it. :o

kodeRED
Apr 20th, 2003, 05:09 PM
jEUst-in

*JR*
Apr 20th, 2003, 05:29 PM
jEUst-in
That's for when she paints the lines, I think. :D