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How would you pronounce
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:46:45 PM »
the name Cohelo? it's the name of a fish - not a type of fish, but a specific fish.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 02:51:47 PM »
Ko-hello

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 02:57:18 PM »
Co-hee-lo
     

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 03:03:41 PM »
Co-lo. (Not really, but I'm Welsh and we tend to ignore aitches.)

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 03:04:46 PM »
Ko-HEE-lo is the way I've beeen thinking it.  Should I change the spelling so my readers would think it correctly? or does it matter how they pronounce it?

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 03:07:19 PM »
I'm thinkin' silent H.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 03:10:30 PM »
Add an extra "e" and that should do it.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2017, 03:53:16 PM »
Coheelo doesn't look right.  What about adding a line over the e to indicate a long vowel sound?

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2017, 04:03:17 PM »
Ko-HEE-lo is the way I've beeen thinking it.  Should I change the spelling so my readers would think it correctly? or does it matter how they pronounce it?

One of my beefs with the Wheel of Time is the fact that Jordan wanted us to pronounce his names in ways that weren't obvious.  I still pronounce Aiel as "ale."  So my advice would be to change Cohelo to something with a less ambiguous pronunciation.
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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2017, 04:07:46 PM »
Spelling is fine. Pronunciation is obviously co-HEE-lo.

But then I'm a single-consonant-after-a-vowel-makes-the-preceding-vowel-sound-long kind of person, taught grammar by wooden-ruler-wielding nuns whacking me on the knuckles.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2017, 05:48:10 PM »
Depending on context I'd go with 'co-eelo' (because I live in an area where Spanish pronunciations are prevalent, and it looks a bit Spanish, so the H could be silent) or 'co-heelo.' In both cases the stress would fall on the 'ee' syllable. I'd personally probably lean toward 'co-eelo' just because I'm not a big fan of names with H-syllables in the middle. (I'm weirdly self-conscious about my pronunciation.)

If your genre/book allows for it, you could always try adding a scene where someone's making a joke/tease about the name and make it rhyme with something, or make a pun. But unless the specific pronunciation is important - like, it's used as a pun somewhere else, or it's some sort of clue or critical for a spell or something like that - I wouldn't worry too much about it. I can't see any of the variations falling too wide of the mark.
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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2017, 05:53:26 PM »
No matter how many authors put pronunciation guides in their books, I still pronounce things the way they come to me when reading. So I say it doesn't matter. Spell it how you like it to look and don't worry about what a reader will make of it.

The only exception is when a word is so garbled or long that it makes a reader's eyes bleed. Then I'd say you might want to worry about reader reaction. ;)

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2017, 05:55:45 PM »
I also wouldn't worry about how people hear it in their heads unless that's significant for some reason. Think of many Harry Potter readers mispronounced Hermione through the years. Didn't change their enjoyment of the story.

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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2017, 06:02:59 PM »
I also wouldn't worry about how people hear it in their heads unless that's significant for some reason. Think of many Harry Potter readers mispronounced Hermione through the years. Didn't change their enjoyment of the story.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2017, 06:12:59 PM »
Coheelo doesn't look right.  What about adding a line over the e to indicate a long vowel sound?

You could do that at the beginning of the book in a very short glossary (just don't name it a glossary). Then you could spell the names in the story the way that you want.

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2017, 08:30:06 PM »
I also wouldn't worry about how people hear it in their heads unless that's significant for some reason. Think of many Harry Potter readers mispronounced Hermione through the years. Didn't change their enjoyment of the story.

Her-MY-a-nee. Same nuns. I have knuckles that can punch through concrete blocks.

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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2017, 08:58:14 PM »
You could always go to translate.google.com and use the pronunciation feature. It could serve as a baseline  ;)
 

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Re: How would you pronounce
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2017, 03:01:35 AM »
Co-heh-lo. But I'm in the camp that pronunciation guides are pretty useless. I'll pronounce it the way it makes sense to me while reading until I've heard it pronounced.

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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2017, 07:44:16 AM »
Silent H, short E for me, and I'll probably mentally rearrange it to Coelho, as in Paulo.

But unless you're having an audiobook narrated, what difference does it make how anyone pronounces the name?

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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2017, 08:09:35 AM »
Thanks, all. I guess it really doesn't matter how the reader hears the word in their head - I thought it might, for the rhythm of the story, but i tried it a few different ways, and it didn't seem to make any difference.

and an 1166-word story doesn't need a pronunciation guide. (but hey, I just realized, while editing it, that I've got foreshadowing in there! I didn't know it was there. cool.)

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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2017, 08:45:00 AM »
I read Pride and Prejudice as a child, but at that time I had never heard word pronounced. In my head, it was Pride and Pre-judas ;0


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