Pronunciations

I was talking with Wolf (SO) about the Naga books, and I realized that I don’t know how to pronounce some of this stuff. Naga is easy, but Teot? Caladrunan? Girdeth, for that matter? How do you pronounce this stuff, NV?

4 Comments

  1. nagasvoice

    Jusdging by some of the research pages we’ve got on it, the orginal Sanskrit shows a long A for the first syllable in Naga, which sounds very odd. IF you read Kipling, you tend to say Ricki-Tikki-Tavi’s snake characters (bad guys!) Nag and Nagaina with a short a. So I’m ending up saying it NOG- uh, which probably isn’t true to the original sources.

    Teot in my head is tonal on about three precise notes, but it flattens out in English as tea – ought.

    Caladrunan also has something odd in it (possibly something on one of the vowels that’s umlautish, but that’s not right either, sorry!) but I flatten it into CAL – uh- droon -en

    Girdeth has a little soft throatiness on the th, when Naga says it, but flattens to GIR – deth with a softer diphthong. Not quite GIR- dezh.

  2. Stella Omega

    I’ve always said “NAH guh”, with a flat “A”– like “apple” and I hope th3 English pronounce “Apple the same way us americcins do…

    And my books are on their way, sez amazon, so I don’t have anything else to add to this convo just yet :p

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