Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    falconed is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    2
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    I believe the name originates from Croatia but may be mistaken. Can anyone help me with the pronunciation of 'Sjaus'?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    birdeen's call is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,099
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by falconed View Post
    I believe the name originates from Croatia but may be mistaken. Can anyone help me with the pronunciation of 'Sjaus'?

    Thank you.
    I believe the actual name is "Sjauš" and I'm not sure what pronunciation you'd like. As far as I know, Americans tend to ignore diacritics in writing and then to pronounce words as if the diacritics never existed. So do you need the original pronunciation or some kind of Americanized one?

  3. #3
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,591
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I believe the actual name is "Sjauš" and I'm not sure what pronunciation you'd like. As far as I know, Americans tend to ignore diacritics in writing and then to pronounce words as if the diacritics never existed. So do you need the original pronunciation or some kind of Americanized one?
    The poster is in Australia. Why would they want an Americanized version?
    Most Australians would say 'sjouse' to rhyme with 'house', or sjaws, to rhyme with 'Santa Claus'.
    But if 'j' is devoiced following 's' it would sound like 'schouse', or 'schaws'.
    Sorry, no idea how it sounds in Croatian.

  4. #4
    falconed is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    2
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The poster is in Australia. Why would they want an Americanized version?
    Most Australians would say 'sjouse' to rhyme with 'house', or sjaws, to rhyme with 'Santa Claus'.
    But if 'j' is devoiced following 's' it would sound like 'schouse', or 'schaws'.
    Sorry, no idea how it sounds in Croatian.
    Thank you.

  5. #5
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,497
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The poster is in Australia. Why would they want an Americanized version?
    ...
    As BC brought it up, presumably she know something that we don't about the likely context - maybe "Sjauš" is the name of a sportsman or film star or something. I'm inclined to think she knows what she's talking about.

    b

  6. #6
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,591
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm inclined to think she knows what she's talking about.

    b
    Well, as long as someone knows what's going on, I guess it's under control.

  7. #7
    birdeen's call is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,099
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: How to pronounce the last name 'Sjaus'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'm inclined to think she knows what she's talking about.
    Thanks for so much trust in my intelligence, but I must admit with shame that it's not true... I said "Americans" for no reason. The word somehow arrived in my head and somehow even made it to the post.

    I don't know anybody special named so. I'm Slavic, so it was easy for me to check on the web even though I never learned Croatian.

Similar Threads

  1. pronounce
    By Unregistered in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-Dec-2008, 21:24
  2. How to pronounce this name?
    By victor su in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2008, 07:03
  3. How to pronounce /t/?
    By Squirrel_3110 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-Nov-2008, 15:31
  4. Pronounce
    By aviator1978 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Dec-2007, 20:50
  5. how to pronounce ':'
    By peppy_man in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2006, 09:01

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •