Pronunciation Guide

To help readers pronounce some of the more unfamiliar words, I have used the following simple respelling guide which is pretty much the same as used on dictionary.com and wikipedia.  Pronunciations are in brackets after the word in the Abbey.

I could have used the IPA but to be honest most people do not know it and though very powerful, it is very convoluted.

Stresses in words are dealt with using capitals, so a racoon would be ra-KUUN and pronunciation would be prə-NUN-see-AY-shən.

Notice the use of the letter ə, which is often called a schwa.  You will see in the vowel section that this is used where the vowel sound is unstressed - so very short!

Consonants  
ch church, child
h hat, have
hw which, why
j judge
kh loch (Scottish), Buch (German)
ng thing, ring
sh ship, dish, ration, ratio
th thin, thigh, beneath
dh this, thy
y yes, yonder
zh vision, pleasure
b boy, cob
d dog, had
f fast, off
g good, dog
k kitchen, cook
l long, ball
m money, ram
n no, ton
p pale, lap
r rat, run, arrange
s sun, pass
t tall, short
v value, rev
w water, walk
z zebra, biz
   
Vowels  
a apathy, pat, lad, ran
ay pay, paid, say, ablation
air care, hair, there, verify
ah father, palm
ar arm, farther
e let, head, fell
ee bee, see, complete
i invalid, pit, city, rabbit, garbage
ahy item, pie, by, my
eer pier, near, here
o pot, not, wasp, hock
ohr north, war, force, wore
oh toe, no
aw caught, paw
oi noise, boy
uu took, put
oor tour, manure
oo boot, soon, through
ow out, now
u cut, run, enough
ər urge, term, firm, word, heard, bird, vernier, butter, winner
ə about, item, gallop, circus, edible,
yoo pupil,
oe feu (French), schön, zwölf (German)
ue tu (French), über (German)
o(ng) bon (French)

 

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Some familiar names:

Johnson Farthing - JON-son FAH-thing

Be-Elin - bay-AY-lin

Eafa - ay-A-fər

Fren-Eirol - fren-AIR-rol

Doritha - do-REE-thər

Eofin - ay-OH-fin

Sen-Liana - sen-lee-AH-nər

Tharrow Barkles - tha-roh BAR-kəls

Gorestop Hearting - GAW-stop HAH-ting

Nathan Jipperson - NAY-than JI-pər-son

Mistry Jinx - mis-tree jinks