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How do you pronounce "Chasch" in Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure?

A long time after reading Jack Vance's "Planet of Adventure" series, recently I've started reading it again: and again, as a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering how you are supposed to ...
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Are there any in-book clues that the T in "Voldemort" is silent, and why did the movies choose to pronounce the T?

J.K. Rowling has gone on record a few times that she pronounces Voldemort with a silent T, so like vol-de-more. Are there any hints in the book that basically the entire English-speaking world is ...
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How to pronounce Fritz Leiber's name?

I'm looking for a definitive answer on how to pronounce Fritz Leiber's last name. I guess audio of him or a close family member would be ideal, or maybe he addressed it somewhere in writing. I and ...
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Pronunciation of 'Teixcalaan'

I was wondering what the correct pronunciation of the word 'Teixcalaan' (in Teixcalaanli) is. I rewrote the word using the IPA and arrived at (except using the sound 'l' for the letter 'l' instead of '...
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How are you supposed to pronounce the name "Hiero" from "Hiero's Journey"?

As a non-native English speaker I've often wondered how you are supposed to pronounce "Hiero", the main character from the eponymous Hiero's Journey by Sterling Lanier: to my unlearned ear &...
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Pronunciation of "Teatime"

Mr. Jonathan Teatime's name is, as specified in the book Hogfather, pronounced "Teh-ah-tim-eh". But since there's no marks of pronunciation included, its pronunciation is still under question. The ...
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What is the pronunciation of "Whie Malreaux"?

Whie Malreaux is a Star Wars character appearing in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous and, briefly, in a hologram in Revenge of the Sith. I would like to find out how this character's name is supposed to be ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of "sai"?

In the Dark Tower series, what is the official way to pronounce the word "sai"? The two possibilities that come to mind are As in "sigh" As in "say" Or maybe as none of the above. It appears that ...
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How do you pronounce the name 'Çeda'?

The name of the protagonist of Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Song of the Shattered Sands series is Çeda. What is the correct pronunciation of this name and which language inspired it?
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Is there an official pronunciation of the name "Jadis" from CS Lewis?

Does anyone know of an official pronunciation of the name "Jadis", for the White Witch, in CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia? I've heard variations on the "a" as: ā: as in "jay" (seems common in ...
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How does one pronounce "Asshai"?

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?
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Are all "C" words pronounced with a hard "K" or just Elven ones?

In the appendices of The Lord of the Rings books (Appendix E - "Writing and Spelling") it is said: APPENDIX EWRITING AND SPELLING I. PRONUNCIATION OF WORDS AND NAMES The Westron or Common ...
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How do you pronounce the name "Kahlan"?

What is the proper pronunciation of the name? I found a lot of different versions on fan forums, and also in the real world. Yes, people name their daughters after Kahlan Amnell!
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Why is ‘Mondoshawan’ spelt like that?

Throughout The Fifth Element there are several mentions of the guardian race known as the Mondoshawans. Or rather, not known as the Mondoshawans. Written as the Mondoshawans in all the different ...
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How should kandra's names be pronounced?

Almost all of the kandra we meet (and I am halfway through Shadows of Self right now, so please no spoilers!) have names with capital letters in the middle of them such as TenSoon, OreSeur, etc. How ...
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How is Kamala Khan's name pronounced?

Kamala Khan is the current Ms. Marvel. How is her name pronounced? I assume that her last name is pronounced the same way that Shatner says it, but what about her first name? Camel-a? Cam-ah-la? Cay-...
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How is the 'o' in Tuvok pronounced?

So a mate of mine recently started watching Star Trek Voyager, and when we were discussing the show he called Tuvok, Tuvak. I questioned him about it and he said that's how they pronounce it on the ...
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How was the pronunciation of Data decided?

There are at least two ways to pronounce the word "data". How was the pronunciation of Data's name in TNG decided?
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AT-AT pronunciation

I've heard fans pronounce the acronym for Imperial Walkers by saying each letter (A-T-A-T) and also by saying the two parts as words (At-At). Is there any consensus on which is right? AT-AT stands ...
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How to pronounce Corlan Dashiva?

Corlan Dashiva is an Asha'man at the Black Tower who is chosen to accompany Rand after the Battle of Dumai's Wells, I could never work out how to pronounce the name Dashiva. The detailed glossaries ...
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Why does pronunciation of spells matter?

Obviously, spells in Harry Potter can be cast nonverbally as well as verbally. In the first year Charms class, they haven't gotten up to nonverbal spells yet. But as they are trying to cast ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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How to pronounce Ayesha?

In H Rider Haggard's novel She and its sequels three, the title character is known by various names, including She, Hes, and Ayesha, the latter being the title of the second book. These novels are ...
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How would you pronounce the name "Sidheag"

In Gail Carriger's series, mainly Finishing School, there is a female character named Sidheag, and I have no clue how this is pronounced. (Is it a real name in the first place or is it made-up?)
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How is D'Qar supposed to be pronounced?

In The Force Awakens, the Resistance's base is located on a planet called D'Qar. Like Kashyyyk, this is another instance of writers choosing weird spellings for names in a SciFi universe. However, ...
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How do you pronounce planet Ix?

In Dune, Ix is the universe's Japan, creating gadgets of varying utility. How do people in Herbert's universe pronounce the name? Is it "Nine" and the inhabitants are "Nine-ians"? Or is it "Icks" ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of Hermione?

When I first read the Harry Potter books at age 8 Hermione's name always vexed me. Now after seeing the movies I read her name as spoken in the movies, but did Rowling ever give us a phonetic ...
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What's the pronunciation of the word Goa'uld from SG1?

What's the phonetic alphabet (text/pronunciation) of the fictional word Goa'uld from the (TV show)/(fictional universe) Stargate? It seems to have a interestingly and unusually large amount of ...
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How to pronounce Mos Eisley?

For several months I've been a regular participant in this site's chatroom, Mos Eisley. But I've never seen Star Wars, so I don't know how to pronounce the name! Is it "moz ice-lee" or "moss eyes-lay" ...
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How do you pronounce Aeron Damphair?

Aeron Greyjoy is introduced in ACOK (and is later a POV in AFFC), and is also known as "The Damphair". What is the correct way of pronouncing that name?
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How is 'Iratus' Pronounced?

In Stargate Atlantis, they creatures called Iratus bugs (what the Wraith evolved or mutated from), how do you pronounce 'Iratus', is it like I-RAT-US, E-RAT-US or E-RATE-US ? Because I've heard it ...
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Why do the Ferengi pronounce "human" the way they do?

The Ferengi seem to have a problem with pronouncing the word human. They say hyoo-män. The correct pronunciation, which every other race seems to say, is hyoo-mən. In their introductory episode in ...
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Is there any guidance on how to pronounce "Da5id" from Snow Crash?

Has Neil Stephenson ever commented about how the character's name Da5id should be pronounced? Failing that how is the name pronounced in the audio version? I'm re-reading the book and my inner ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of "Shannara"?

I have a question regarding the book The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks. What is the correct pronunciation for it (regarding its emphasis)? Shànnara or Shannàra? I tried searching the web, but I ...
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How do you pronounce Thorin II Oakenshield?

How would you fully and properly speak Thorin's name, "Thorin II Oakenshield"? Would you say "Thorin Oakenshield the Second"? Or "Thorin, the Second, Oakenshield"? Same question goes for Dain II ...
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Proper pronunciation of Kvothe from Kingkiller Chronicles?

I have come into a debate with some friends of mine about how to properly pronounce the name of Kvothe, the protagonist from Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. I seem to recall — but cannot ...
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Pronunciation of Van Vogt

How did A. E. van Vogt pronounce his last name? Does it rhyme with joked, goat, or go? I'm looking for an authoritative answer, preferably a direct quotation from Van Vogt himself or a personal ...
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How do I pronounce "Sauron"?

I have always pronounced Sauron like 'S-ow-ron', after reading Appendix E of the Lord of the Rings, but now I just listened to this recording of Tolkien reciting the Eagles' Song, and it sounds like ...
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Is "Smaug" pronounced "Smog"?

Did Tolkien the linguist intend for the name of the dragon Smaug to be pronounced "Smog" [IPA: /smɒɡ/ or /smɔːɡ/]? The trailer for the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy pronounces the word (...
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What Is the Correct Pronunciation of Beauxbatons?

What is the correct pronunciation of 'Beauxbatons'? I was wondering about Beauxbatons this morning. In the Goblet of Fire movie, Dumbledore pronounces Beauxbatons as "Bo-ba-tins." It's been many ...
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How do you pronounce 'Tej'?

Ivan's book is finally here, and there's a new character named Akuti Tejaswini Jyoti ghem Estif Arqua, or Tej for short. I don't think I even want to attempt that mouthful of a full name, but I need a ...
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Where can one find the pronunciation of special names in Dune?

Where can one find the pronunciation of special names in Dune? I found the following site but none of the sound files on it seem to work: http://www.usul.net/books/sounds.htm EDIT: The link above ...
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In C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories, how was "Calormen/Calormene" originally pronounced?

I grew up pronouncing them "CAL-er-men" and "CAL-er-mean", but I've increasingly heard "cuh-LOR-men" for both instead, which I like better. Did C. S. Lewis ever say which he used, or does someone (...
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How do you pronounce the Star Wars universe curse word, "fierfek"?

How do you pronounce the Star Wars universe curse word, "fierfek"? Fierfek was a Huttese slang word that meant "hex" or "curse," but was commonly accepted to mean "poison" by non-Huttese-speaking ...
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How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word?

How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word, anyway? No one could have spoken it to her, because that would invoke it...
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How does one pronounce the word "Akallabêth" from the Silmarillion?

In the Silmarillion, "Akallabêth" is the story of how Numenor fell. Its an Adunaic word, not an elvish word, and I haven't found any Adunaic pronunciation guides. So, how is Akallabêth pronounced? I ...
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What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?

What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?
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