DISCLAIMER: Sedge isn't Zikael. Sh' dun know nuthin' 'bout nuna' tha' thar' book learnin'.
I said I would do it, and indeed I have: Sedge's big list of Wraeththu words she doesn't (or didn't) pronounce right. That's a lot of words, man! Possibly due to the fact that I'm
American, and can't speak Englush good. Even worse, I'm Marylandonian
Note that I'm basing most of the actual pronunciation off the Wraeththu Companion
, which doesn't give any ultra specific pronunciations, like in the vowels. So basically, I'm just making up whether "a" refers to "ɑ", "æ", or "ə" in the IPA and whatnot. Which, by the way, I'm using so I don't have to go "you know, like in ___" for every letter. Nobody needs that.
Oh, and it should also be noted that a lot of the pronunciations weren't in the Companion, so I had to make up how I thought they really sounded
. I think you can see where I'm going with this.
And for the sake of my
sanity, I'll just disregard the invisible and apparently silent "r" that shows up every so often. Chart Time!
Word | Actual Pronunciation | Sedgian Pronunciation
Notes on how I arrived at such a sloppy pronunciation, and my equally sloppy attempts at understanding the IPA.
Abrimel | ɑb.ɹi.mɛl | æ.bɹɪ.mɛl
As I said, guessing on the correct pronunciation of that "a". The Companion stresses the first syllable, so I'll go with "ɑ", as in "father". It sounds more fancy-like (re: Gelaming), anyway. You'd think the name "Bree" would've clued me in, but no.
Almagabra | ɑl.mə.gə.bɹə | æl.mə.gɹə.bə
Ah, so you're not familiar with my method of cobbling together random letters in a word, and then basing my pronunciation on it? Well, you're in for a treat
. I've since fixed the placement of that "r", but I still use "æ", as in the name "Al". Which is most likely wrong.
Bryony | bɹaɪ.ɔn.i | bɪɹ.ɔn.i
No idea if that's the actual
pronunciation, but that's how I've been saying it since I learned how to spell
it. The "y" could possibly be pronounced "ɪ".
Caeru | kaɪ.ɹu | keɪ.ɹu
The actual pronunciation sounds totally weird to me, so I'm sticking with mine until someone can tell me how the Japanese word "kaeru" is pronounced. Presented with the opportunity to make frog jokes at Caeru's expense, I'll concede defeat.
Colurastes | ??? | ???
I honestly have no idea how this is pronounced. koʊ.lu.ɹɑsts
? koʊl.u.ɹeɪsts? kɑ? ɹæsts? stɛs? Any combination thereof?
Freybraiha | feɪ.bɹaɪ.hə | feɪ.bɹɑ.li.əI just don't know.
Galhea | gə.leɪ.ʌ | gæl.heɪ.ʌ
At least this time, it's a result of me stressing the wrong syllables, and not getting it totally
wrong (see: Terzian). Still not sure on the "a", though.
Gelaming | dʒɛl.ə.miŋ | gɛl.ə.miŋ
I'm not going to lie to you: I think "Jelaming" is the funniest thing ever. If my dislike for them wasn't so very blatant, I probably wouldn't use it, but as it gives me an excuse to call them "Jello pudding pops", I think I can get used to it.
Grissecon | grɪs.ʌ.kɔn | grɪs.ɛ.kɔn
Okay, this isn't too bad. And I assume that "ɔ" would be correct for the "o" in "con". Close enough.
Hienama | haɪ.ɛn.a.mə | hi.na.mə/haɪ.na.mə
Now we introduce my insistence that more things should rhyme with "pie". I can never seem to make up my mind over this one. For a while, before I actually sat down and looked
at the word, I thought the "ie" was "ei" and thus pronounced it like "hey-nama". I'm still doing it wrong, but at least it doesn't have "enama" in it. I imagine some immature/oddly accented hara have fun with that one; you gotta get that first "a" right! xD
Kamagrian | kə.mɑg.ɹi.æn | kə.mɑ.gɹi.æn
It should be noted that, were I to use the actual pronunciation, I probably wouldn't drift into "Kamalamalamalama...[etc.]" (or worse, "Karma Chameleon") as much as I do when I try to pronounce it my way. Additionally, mine reminds me of fruity wine. I have mixed feelings.
Kanene | kə.ni.ni | kə.neɪ.neɪ
WARNING! KANENE CROSSING! It takes a sick mind, man.
Turns out I was pronouncing nene wrong in the first place, so I don't have to give the joke up. xP
Lolotea | lɔl.ə.ti.ə | loʊ.loʊ.teɪ.ə
Maybe "oʊ" instead of "ɔ", like "Lola". It doesn't really matter, seeing as how he was ÜBER minor, but mine? Totally better. Just sayin'.
Parasiel | pɑ.ɹɑs.i.ɛl | pɛɹ.ə.si.ɛl
I still call them "Varrs", anyway, so it doesn't matter. xP [/evil]
Phaonica | feɪ.ɑn.ɪk.ə | faʊ.nɪk.ə
And for some reason, I used to put an "r" in there-- no reason. Like... faʊɹ.nɪk.ə or something. At least I like the actual pronunciation for once. @_@
Terzian | tɝ.zi.æn | tɛɹ.ɪ.zæn
Dear God, I have no idea. I don't pay attention. D:
Thiede |ði.di | ðid
Tigron | ti.gɹɑn | taɪ.gɹɑn
Teegron? Teegron? I don't even know what that means!
What kind of title is that for the King of All Wraeththu? Worst. Pronunciation. Ever. I blame Thiede and his "eeeee"s.
Fun Fact, though: Normally, I cannot roll "r"s. But I can with tigron. I seriously go to town on this word. Really, the only word I go to town on more is Teraghast. tdɛh.ɹha.ghæst
Sure, I can pronounce it normally: tɛ.ɹə.gæst. But if I roll the "r", somehow I end up turning the "t" into something halfway in between a "t" and a "d".
Ulaume | jʊ.lɑ.mi | ʊ.lɑ.meɪ
I actually got over this pretty quick, which is rare. Though, I still use the "eɪ", because it's cool. For definite.
Additionally! From the Wraeththu Companion:
Kanene of Piristil
What, srsly? GTFO, "j" sound.