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« on: August 18, 2012, 02:26:33 PM »

Does anyone know of a web resource that can help an inquirer like me with pronunciation? As a cradle Latin, I'm not at all familiar with Greek (let alone Slavonic, Coptic, etc. etc.) and it can be daunting at times when one only has the raw, written text to go by.

I'm finding it difficult getting my tongue round words (even apparently simple) such as, antidiron, prosphora theosis and so on. And don't even get me started on the apokatastasis stuff.

 Sites such as www.howjsay.com are pretty good as far as secular vocabulary is concerned but of little use in this context.
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 03:00:17 PM »

I don't know of any sites like you describe, unfortunately. If there isn't one then someone should make one! Smiley  But fwiw here are a few ways I've pronounced things (hopefully others can correct any mistakes)...

antidoran = an-tid-oran
Chrysostom = chris-sis-tim
Nyssa = nissa
Myra = mira
theosis = thee-oh-sis
prosphora = pros-phor-ah
apokatastasis = apo-kata-stasis
kathisma = ka-thees-mah
kathismata = ka-thees-ma-tah
praxis = praks-is
ascetic = ahscetik
ascesis = ahs-cesis
podvig = pod-vig
prelest = pree-lest
phronema = phro-nay-mah
nous = noose
deification = dee-ah-fah-cation
akathist = ak-ah-thist

A lot of words I sound out just like they're spelled (divinize, consensus patrum, etc.)


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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 04:52:32 PM »

I have heard a variety of pronunciations for Chrysostom. My Greek Orthodox friends always pronounce it as kris SOS tum or kris SOS to mos. This is because in Greek the second syllable is accented.

I think accenting the first syllable, as in KRIS sis tum, come from a more British influence, although I have heard plenty of American Orthodox pronounce it that way too.

I find it best not to get too fanatical about pronunciation and learn to enjoy the variety. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 06:03:18 PM »

antidoran = an-tid-oran
Chrysostom = chris-sis-tim
Nyssa = nissa
Myra = mira
theosis = thee-oh-sis
prosphora = pros-phor-ah
apokatastasis = apo-kata-stasis
kathisma = ka-thees-mah
kathismata = ka-thees-ma-tah
praxis = praks-is
ascetic = ahscetik
ascesis = ahs-cesis
podvig = pod-vig
prelest = pree-lest
phronema = phro-nay-mah
nous = noose
deification = dee-ah-fah-cation
akathist = ak-ah-thist

antidoron--an-TI-do-ron
Chrysostom = kri-SOS-tom or KRIS-os-tom
Nyssa = NIS-sa or NEE-sa
Myra = MEE-ra
theosis = THAY-o-sis or the-O-sis (if you must)
prosphora = PROS-for-a
apokatastasis = a-po-ka-TA-sta-sis
kathisma = KA-thiz-ma
kathismata = ka-THIZ-ma-ta
praxis = PRAX-is
ascetic = a-SEH-tic
ascesis = a-SKEE-sis or a-SEE-sis (ugly)
podvig = POD-vig
prelest = PRAY-lest
phronema = FRO-nee-ma
nous = noose
deification = dee-i-fi-CA-tion
akathist = a-KA-thist
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 07:21:13 PM »

^ You sure do talk funny  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2012, 07:59:19 PM »

^ You sure do talk funny  Wink

I know, I know.
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 11:49:07 AM »

^ You sure do talk funny  Wink
You should hear me  Grin
Then again maybe it's best not to.
Thanks for the replies and I do think someone should have a crack at a "howjsay" kind of project.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 11:54:59 PM »

^ You sure do talk funny  Wink
You should hear me  Grin
Then again maybe it's best not to.
Thanks for the replies and I do think someone should have a crack at a "howjsay" kind of project.


Heh...since I'm Greek, my pronunciations reflect Greek pronunciations more closely, which is probably why my way seems a little strange. But I guarantee you it's prettier, which is all I care about.
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