Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by TheHypez, Feb 21, 2009.
Does it sounds like "michael" or "mi-khail" or "mik-hail"? Thanks.
mi-kha-IL. Three syllables.
this is the point, i heard some russian pronounce it as michael whereas english man pronounce it as mi-kha-il which may influence some russian aboard...so i'm curious how native russian pronounce it
Ми-ха-ил - Mi-kha-il
Russians may say "Michael" because that's the name English speakers are accustomed to. They will hardly grasp "Mi-kha-il". Moreover, some people think that names have to be "translated". Even our university teachers of English and German called my groupmate Michael during classes, in English ("MY-kl") and German ("MEE-kha-el"), respectively. But the name is still pronounced "Mi-kha-il" and that's how Native Russian Speakers Pronounce It In Russian. Actually, the name (Михаил) cannot be pronounced otherwise because the Russian letter х stands for kh, а stands for а etc. Russian spelling is much closer to pronunciation than English spelling is to English pronunciation. Hope I am clear.
Do you mean Ignatieff?
thanks, your explaination helps me alot.
nope, МИХАИЛА РЯБКО
In my experience, Russian teachers in Russia will call foreign students by their name in their original language, whereas Russian teachers overseas (in the USA, anyway) will call their students by their "Russian" name, a practice that can be a bit ridiculous, since while most common foreign names have equivalents in Russian, the equivalent may be uncommon and often a bit ridiculous sounding to a Russian, e.g., my own name - Thomas - is Фома in Russian, and while the English version is commonplace enough, the Russian version is usually only found among Orthodox monks and serfs in nineteenth century literature. No Russian teacher in Russia ever called me Фома.
And after all, if I were Russian and my name was Никита, would my English teacher call me "Niketas"?
I see... So Russians who teach in the USA would call a Michael Миша and a Thomas Фома?
Perhaps not the Russian nationals. But Americans who teach Russian (and there are quite a few) do.
Separate names with a comma.