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Old 03-13-2008, 01:54 AM
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Okay, so how do you pronounce...

Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher? I did a search, even went on Dictionary.com, but for some reason I'm just not getting it. I want to say his name properly so as to sound somewhat intelligent should I have to mention his name in talking about existentialism. Also, for the Swedes here, how do you say Thor's hammer, Mjolnir? I understand that the "j" is pronounced like the one in fjord, right?

Let's see, Satre is pronounced "SAH-truh" with the last syllable barely stressed and Nietsche is pronounced "Nee-chee" or "Nee-cha"? I also understand that the "s" in Descartes is not pronounced, right? And while we're at it, the composer Chopin is pronounced "Show-pahn," same as the American writer Kate Chopin?

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Old 03-13-2008, 03:14 AM
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Well if they are pronounced as authentically as many of the Germanic place names you won't need to worry.

For example where is Vienna, the Danube, Austria, Munich? None of these places even exist if you have a map made in Europe. Yet we think we must correctly pronounce fajita, juan, jose, or chipotle?!?

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Old 03-13-2008, 07:02 AM
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I think it's "Key-er-ka-gard" and the hammer is "MEyOl-neer" like long E and O...

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Old 03-13-2008, 07:49 AM
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I think it's "Key-er-ka-gard" and the hammer is "MEyOl-neer" like long E and O...

Yep, like that...
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:11 AM
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And Sartre is Sart, rhymes with start.
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A freind from Demark pronounced it keerk-a-gor. The "d" at the end was silent.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:46 AM
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I've always heard it as keer-ke-gard.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:31 PM
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I guess that's what I was trying to type but I'm not too good with the phonics... Sometimes it's hard to describe the subtleties of pronounciation with text. I didn't mean there to be an extra syllable in there.

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