KudoZ home » Icelandic to English » Other



Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.

You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs
(or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
01:55 Jan 16, 2002
Icelandic to English translations [Non-PRO]
/ pronunciation
Icelandic term or phrase: Kjartan
How is \"Kjartan Olafsson\" pronounced?
[Chartan Olavson], perhaps?

Summary of answers provided
5 +1That's is pretty closeThor Kristinsson
5/'kjkart.an 'ou.laf.sOn/Chad Stone



7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
That's is pretty close

Just change one thing. The CH-sound you put in Kjartan actually sounds phonetically like tj- like Charles (tjarles). If you just replace the t with a k you are spot on: kjarles. Now try saying Kjartan like that: Kj-aartaan. Don't say Kee-artan although that's close. And roll the r.

Either this makes sense or not.

Hope it helps,


Thor Kristinsson
Local time: 16:52
Native speaker of: Native in IcelandicIcelandic
PRO pts in pair: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Anna Bittner
823 days
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
/'kjkart.an 'ou.laf.sOn/

This is the approximate IPA-ish representation for this.

The first name, Kjartan, is stressed on the first syllable, like all Icelandic words. The /kjh/ sound is a voiceless aspirated palatal fricative. The /a/ is a voiced low back vowel. The /r/ is a voiceless alveolar trill. The /t/ is a voiceless dental stop. The /n/ is a voiced nasal stop.

The second name is also stressed on the first syllable. The /ou:/ is a long, voiced diphthong with the two symbols having their usual IPA significations. The /l/ is a voiced lateral approximate. The /f/ is an unvoiced labiodental affricate. The /s/ is a voiceless alveolar sibilant. The /O/ is a voiced tense mid front vowel.

Hope this helps.

Chad Stone
United States
Local time: 11:52
PRO pts in pair: 10
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

Return to KudoZ list

KudoZ™ translation help
The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases.

See also:

Term search
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search