|#1mobiusApr 29, 2004 15:04:38||For the Rock of Bral, is “Bral” pronounced such that it rhymes with “shall” or “wall”?|
Also does the correct pronunciation of “Shou” rhyme with “blue”, “brow” or “blow”?
Any answers or theories would be appreciated.
|#2wolf72Apr 29, 2004 21:00:57||um ... I always thought that it was kinda pronounced like joe ... shou/chou|
hmm go with 'brow', kinda like shou lung
chinese/oriental pronunciations kinda be a little tricky ...
|#3zombiegleemaxApr 30, 2004 9:45:16||I always pronounced "Bral" to rhyme with "wall." As for "Shou," it rhymes with "brow." For a Japanese word to rhyme with "joe," it would have to end with an "o."|
|#4wyvern76May 03, 2004 2:09:55|
Originally posted by adventureauthor
First of all, I'm pretty sure that "Shou" comes from Chinese, not Japanese (I know "Lung" does). Secondy, the spelling of either language is pretty much arbitrary, since they don't have alphabets. Personally, I've always assumed that it rhymed with "shoe" (and Bral with wall), but any of the three are possible. Without knowing the intended meaning (or asking the author), it's impossible to say for sure which is correct.
|#5mobiusMay 03, 2004 9:51:22||Thank you for the replies.|
I’ve always pronounced Bral to rhyme with Wall. I’m stated a new Spelljammer campaign, and I thought that I’d double-check.
I like the suggestion to pronounce Shou similar to the word “brow”. The only problem is that it also rhymes with Drow. I’ll have to avoid a comical sounding Shou-Drow battle
Most players have an unfortunate tendency to subtly mock names, so I wanted to avoid pronouncing this proud civilization as “the Shoe”. I can foresee too many jokes...
|#6wyvern76May 04, 2004 1:20:35|
Originally posted by Mobius
Well, when I asked my dad (who's semi-fluent in Cantonese) for his opinion, he said that if that was the correct pronounciation it would actually be more like "Shyu". It's hard for English-speakers to get their mouth around. He compared it to the German u with an umlaut (the two dots above it). Of course, the derivation is more likely to be Mandarin, but I suspect the sound would be similar.