Mark Simmons (scorpio@best.com)
Thu, 18 May 2000 21:01:13 -0700


Jim Dulhunty writes,

>Let me put on my Linguists coat here. Japanese doesn't have a /ch/ sound
>like English does. The closest sound in Japanese is /sh/, so thats the
>easiest way for a native Japanese speaker to pronounce 'Char'. They'd say
>/sha/, I'd say /cha/ with a longish vowel.

  Better take that linguist's coat off again. Japanese _does_ have a "ch"
sound - i.e. "chi", similar to the "shi" used to make "sh-" compunds.
"Chi" + "ya" = "Cha", "Shi" + "ya" = "Sha". Mr. Aznable's name uses the
latter, so it's pronounced just like his namesake, French crooner Charles
Aznavour.

-- Mark

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