Einstein pronunciation

Discussion in 'All Languages' started by Encolpius, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Why am I asking? First of all because it seems Hungarians pronounce it only like Austrians. How do you pronounce the name of the famous genius???
    For help I am writing possiblities.

    A/ pronouncing of -ei-
    1/ like English i in word ice (I think this will prevail)
    2/ like English a in word age (this is the Hungarian & Austrian)

    B/ pronunciation of -s-
    1/ like English sh in word shelter
    2/ like English s in word song

    You don't need to write much, just write e.g. ice+shelter, etc.

    The German pronunciation pattern is thus: ice+shelter
    The English one is: ice+song
    The Hungarian one is: age+shelter

    Thank you so much in advance
  2. xymox Senior Member

    Barcelona, Spain
    English, French - Canada

    Anglophones of Canada say ice+shelter
    Frencophone Canadians say ice+song
    In Spain, I haven't heard his name mentioned very often but I think they say age+song or simply pronounce every letter as they would i their own language age + in+song.
  3. Outsider Senior Member

    Portuguese (Portugal)
    In Portuguese it's usually pronounced the English way, "ice" + "song".
  4. Hakro

    Hakro Senior Member

    Helsinki, Finland
    Finnish - Finland
    In Finnish usually "ice" + "song".
  5. ilocas2 Senior Member

    In Czech "ice" + "shelter"
  6. arielipi Senior Member

    albert ayyinshteyn in hebrew.
  7. e2-e4 X Senior Member

    Russian: age+shelter+age (both syllables go like in "age")
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  8. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod (AL mod)

    French (lower Normandy)
    I think in France, I think we rather say
    (all of a sudden ice+song seems very hard for me to say with a French pronunciation)
  9. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member

    In Greek:

  10. Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Hauts-de-Seine, France
    English (Ireland)
    Are you sure? I believe it's the other way around.
  11. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    The High German pronunciation (ice+shelter) is the one used in Einstein's adopted home, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
  12. LilianaB Banned

    US New York
    Yes, I agree. Most people in English-speaking countries, the US at least, and Canada is probably similar in this respect, pronounce it ice+song. Only the people who know German or Yiddish may pronounce it the German way. (Aynshtayn) I just wonder: how do you pronounce Einstein with the age sound? Could you write it out phonetically, please. (Enshtayn?)
  13. Rallino Moderatoúrkos

    Turkish: ice + shelter
  14. 南島君 Senior Member

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Chinese (Mandarin)

    ai51 in55 si55 than214
    ice + in + song + than
  15. OneStroke Senior Member

    Hong Kong, China
    Chinese - Cantonese (HK)
    For Putonghua, I will add that the pinyin is Àiyīnsītǎn (I've no idea what the phonetic symbols 南島君 wrote mean :D).

    For Cantonese, the characters are the same. It's pronounced oi3 yan1 si1 taan2. 'Oi' is pronounced like the 'oi' in 'oil'. The 's' is pronounced the same way it's pronounced in Putonghua.
  16. 南島君 Senior Member

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  17. OneStroke Senior Member

    Hong Kong, China
    Chinese - Cantonese (HK)
    I do have some clue about 調值. It's just that I have no idea what the strange romanisation (is it what they called 注音二式 in the first link?) means. I think pinyin is much more logical that romanisation method, whatever it's called. :p
  18. Dymn Senior Member

    Catalan, Catalonia
    Spanish (Spain): age+song
  19. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Very interesting you use -ei- [age] in Spanish.
  20. DaylightDelight Senior Member

    Japanese - Tokyo
    Japanese: ice+shelter

    Since our writing system is not based on Roman alphabet, our pronunciation is not influenced by the spelling.
    It's a phonetic adaptation of German pronunciation.
  21. Dymn Senior Member

    Catalan, Catalonia
    Yes, but because of the spelling, not the Austrian pronunciation of course. Some people in formal contexts may use -ai- though, if they are aware of the German pronunciation which is something miraculous in Spain.
  22. Holger2014 Senior Member

    Latvian: age + shelter

    The Latvian spelling reflects the pronunciation: Einšteins
  23. ilocas2 Senior Member

    Sometimes it's pronounced more as Anštajn than Ajnštajn in Czech.

    Ajnštajn - ice + shelter + ice
    Anštajn - up + shelter + ice
  24. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    Anštajn sounds derogatory, e.g. ty anštajne (you "unstein", it sounds nearly like "you idiot").

    Similarly Chaplin is sometimes pronounced šaplín, shah-pleen. (e.g. He is a local character, nicknamed Šaplín, nobody knows his real name.)
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2017
  25. momai Senior Member

    Arabic: ice + shelter

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