by Carole Losee © 2005-2019

ELIZABETH SEEGER'S

EASTERN RELIGIONS


PRONUNCIATION OF FOREIGN WORDS

 

As a general rule:

a = ah, as in father

e = e, as in set

ei = ay, as in rein

i = ee, as in police

o = o, as in hole

u = u, as in rule

ai = y, as in cry

ao or au = ow, as in now

In Chinese words the consonants are usually softened: Tao = dow; chou = jo; tse = dze. The final e is hardly pronounced at all; the only approximate sound in English is the e in the.

In Indian words there is no th, as in tooth. The t and the h are separate, as in foothold. The Buddha's given name is pronounced Sidd-hart-ha. The unaccented a's are pronounced as they are in English; the two a's in Gótama are like the two final a's in Canada.

 

Seeger, Eastern Religions, Print edition, op. cit., p. vii.


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