How exactly do you pronounce "Asshai" from A Song of Ice and Fire? I always pronounced it "ash-shy" but one of my friends says that it's "ass-high". Can anyone tell me the correct pronunciation?
In audiobooks, Asshai is pronounced as ASH-eye or a-SHY, depending on the narrator's accent.
In the HBO's show Game of Thrones, it is pronounced as uh-SHY.
For your reference, you may check these pronunciation guides:
Consult with the following table:
╔═════════════════════════════════════════╦═════════╦═══════════════╗ ║ Source ║ IPA ║ Pronunciation ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════╬═════════╬═══════════════╣ ║ HBO ║ [ə'ʃaɪ] ║ ə-shy ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════╬═════════╬═══════════════╣ ║ Roy Dotrice (Audio books narrator) ║ [a'ʃaɪ] ║ a-shy ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════╬═════════╬═══════════════╣ ║ John Lee (Audio book narrator for AFFC) ║ ['aʃaɪ] ║ ash-eye ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════╩═════════╩═══════════════╝
You can refer to this answer to see how can you convert IPA to voice. The table was generated as per AWOIAF Pronunciation guide. I will add GRRM's version once I can find a video of him saying that word.
However you like
George R. R. Martin has never been one for pronunciations and has said a few times that you can pronounce anything however you like.
GRRM : Tyrion in Ice and Fire. Abner Marsh in Fevre Dream.
Glad to hear you pronounce the names
GRRM: In my youth I had a strong NJ accent, only reader in family, knew a lot of words that I had never heard spoken aloud. When I went away to college I found I was pronouncing a lot of these words wrong. I came to not care much about pronunciation. Pronounce the names of my characters however you like.
There are dangers in being a gardener, the story can run away from you - Shakespeare had to kill Mercutio because he was taking over play.
So Spake Martin, ODYSSEY CON 2008 (MADISON, WI; APRIL 4-6 2008)
Characters in the TV show pronounce it ass-shy or ah-shy.