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Name pronunciation

Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:30 pm
by Russian Red
Halò! I would like to ask about my name. You see, the name is either Alena or Alyona. Alyona is a phonetical spelling. The sound yo (Russian - ё) is close to the German ö. I think that the closest sound in Gaelic is represented by ao. Is it right to spell my name like Alaona then?

P.S. My name is pronounced like that - http://ru.forvo.com/word/%D0%B0%D0%BB%D ... %BD%D0%B0/.

Tapadh leibh in advance :)

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:59 am
by akerbeltz
I'm afraid not, you cannot have long vowels outside the stressed syllable and not that many short ones either. I presume it's Алёна? Where does the stress go in this name?

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:33 pm
by Russian Red
akerbeltz, ё is always stressed in the Russian language.

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:47 pm
by akerbeltz
In which case it gets complicated. You don't actually have to change your name, I'm sure people are perfectly happy to call you by you own name. It is a bit like insisting Hu Jintao taking a Russian name. It is perhaps relatively to re-spell Jintao in Cyrillic but Gaelic doesn't quite work that way.

To make you name Gaelic, you'd either have to drop the A- or move stress to the first syllable.

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:51 am
by Russian Red
True! I never thought about the stress. Anyway, thanks for your reply. I was just interested.

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:57 pm
by akerbeltz
'S e do bheatha / You're welcome

Re: Name pronunciation

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:00 pm
by Seonaidh
You could always try to seek out a Gaelic version of your name. It might help if you knew what an "English version" of your name would be, for instance, is it like "Ellen" or "Helen" or "Alannah" - or what? "Helen", incidentally, is usually rendered into Gaelic as "Eilidh".