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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi BobK
    This is the pronunciation I have been waiting for because I think [that] it is the right and most British pronunciation of the name Ahab.
    Happy New Year!
    To you, too, teia

    There was a time when Old Testament names were very popular - Ahab, Bathsheba, Obadiah.... A few of the more familiar ones have stuck (Ruth, Simon), but most of the others survive chiefly in literature - if you say 'Ahab', most listeners will assume you're referring to Moby Dick

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Dear teachers,

    Would you know of a reliable site where I can HEAR British pronunciation (RP) by typing the words I need?

    How do you pronounce the name of Shakespeare's wife "Anne HATHAWAY" and his best friend's "John DAVENANT", please?

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you know of a reliable site where I can HEAR British pronunciation (RP) by typing the words I need?

    How do you pronounce the name of Shakespeare's wife "Anne HATHAWAY" and his best friend's "John DAVENANT", please?

    Many thanks,
    Hela
    /n/ /`həweɪ/

    /dvnənt/

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    Hi all i am a new member to this site and looking at the question regarding names, my advice would be to pronounce the name with emphasis on the capital or first letter, such as P in the name Paul try saying PPPPPPP HOPE THIS HELPS

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Thank you, manywords, for the sites.
    As for the first one, Dictionary.com, do I need to subscribe to hear the pronunciation?

    See you

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    hi,


    How do you pronounce the name of the novelist A. S. Byatt?

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    "bye" [as in "goodbye" or "buy something"] + "at", eliding the a so it sounds like buyut

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "bye" [as in "goodbye" or "buy something"] + "at", eliding the a so it sounds like buyut
    OK the first part is clear now: "bye or buy"

    BUT I have not understood the second part "att"

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    Re: The pronunciation of English names!!!

    Say the name quickly: "buy - ut " with the stress on the first syllable.

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