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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?
Explanation: 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.
Explanation: 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