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TheVoiceOfBob
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:50 am    Post subject: Best pronunciation guides Reply with quote

I've got a big job coming up that I know is going to have lots of complicated words along with foreign names, etc... In all my live gigs I always seem to choose the wrong pronunciation so I was wondering if anyone has either some reference books or locations online that they like to use for such things. That is besides the obvious ones such as Dictionary.com. I'd pay for a site or media that has the audio pronunciation if it's really worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently read in "The Art of Voice Acting: 3rd Edition" about the Merriam-Webster site. They have pronunciation clips of words you look up. I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob,

You should search the VO-BB database, because I seem to recall an extensive discussion on this. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brett,
I did dig a bit into the archives but many were specific requests not an all out HELP ME on pronunciations. One link sounded very promising, the http://names.voa.gov/ but that link seems to go no where. Bummer!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob,

Went on a search and found this prior post:

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Forgive me if this is old news. There is a web site for the American Heritage Dictionary that allows you to hear words pronounced. Look up the word, click the speaker and listen. With respect to my UK friends, I typed "aluminum" and my computer locked up. [ba da dboom..I'm here 'til midnight]
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bain in this case is proper names.

I DID find a couple books upstairs (a book in a library, who would have thought?)




I miss the most obvious things, like how I work in this big building full of books. You would think I should already know how to pronounce
Abú Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Biruni
or
Antony van Leeuwenhoek
or
Apuleius and Pudentilla
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bob- a while back i called on npr for pronunciation help, since they have audio files to beat the band at npr.org. i had an audition with many, many middle eastern proper names, and many of them made the news so ... i was able to listen to bits of newscasts and longform at npr and figured THEY know how to pronounce them. it worked.

didn't get the gig but by god i was their second choice!

and here: http://names.voa.gov/index.cfm

the voice of america is in my bookmarks =-O but they have no audio file of my last name's pronunciation, in case you were wondering.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diane,
Your name wasn't in my books either!

Unfortunately many of the names aren't anywhere to be found, like Troitse-Sergiyev Lavra.

I'll have to give NPR a call!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: best pronunciation guides Reply with quote

How about this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/591782/posts
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is very useful, thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob,

Check your email for something I hope will be helpful.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:07 am    Post subject: From Voices.com Reply with quote

I just received this in an email this morning. Looks useful.

http://www.loc.gov/nls/other/sayhow.html
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A timely topic indeed read here today on VOX Daily
http://www.loc.gov/nls/other/ABC.html
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