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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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How to pronoune Safarova?

I heard the umpire pronounce something like Shafafova, couldn't really hear it clearly, so anyone know what is the correct way to pronounce her name?

Thanks in advance
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

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I heard the umpire pronounce something like Shafafova, couldn't really hear it clearly, so anyone know what is the correct way to pronounce her name?

Thanks in advance
Umpire good pronounce her name. http://www.forvo.com/word/lucie_šafářová/#cs
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

Shafazhova
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #4
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

yeah i was confused with the "zho" part since it is invisible in the part of her name. Anyway, thanks guys for the answer.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

Something akin to sha-var-zho-VA.

Hopefully a czech speaker will give you an even better pronounciation
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

A Czech friend of mine told me how it's pronounced but I'm not sure how you'd spell it phonetically. Something like Shavazovah. Sounds like the umpire was doing pretty well.

Shocking that commentators get the pronunciation of so many names wrong. They are paid to talk about these players after all. You'd think they'd at least know how to pronounce Sharapova by now.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #7
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

There are accents on the czech spelling that we dont see in the anglicised spelling
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

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yeah i was confused with the "zho" part since it is invisible in the part of her name. Anyway, thanks guys for the answer.
Saw this somewhere, but the ř makes a zh sound.
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:51 AM   #10
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

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A Czech friend of mine told me how it's pronounced but I'm not sure how you'd spell it phonetically. Something like Shavazovah. Sounds like the umpire was doing pretty well.

Shocking that commentators get the pronunciation of so many names wrong. They are paid to talk about these players after all. You'd think they'd at least know how to pronounce Sharapova by now.
Officially, commentators and chair umpires adhere to the media guide.

Sharapova requests to have her name said that way, and in press conferences, you'll find most of the players adhering to english pronunciations. They've clearly accepted those transformations, whether they should is a different story.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #11
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

In Russia commentators pronounce Sha-var-zho-VA. I don't get it why it's spelled Safarova .......
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

It's spelled Šafářová. WTA, ITF and ATP are just ignorant towards other languages.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 11:17 AM   #13
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

Does it matter ? I pronoune it "Safarova". Never had a problem with this.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #14
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

We have had already a disussion about that: see there
It should be pronounced "Shafazhova", because of the diacritics on the 's' and the 'r'.

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Does it matter ? I pronoune it "Safarova". Never had a problem with this.

Well, reading this one, I'm starting to understand some of your reactions on this board now.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #15
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Re: How to pronoune Safarova?

It's funny hearing umpires and commentators saying Czech surnames. Too bad they're not all as easy as say "Rosol".

Even Berdych (seemingly easy two syllable surname) is messed up most of the time .
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