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my name city and country in japanese

Posted: July 5th, 2009 6:09 am
by morphious167
can anyone please tell me how to pronounce my name city and country in japanese it would be much appreciated my name is david somerville i come from glasgow in scotland? arigatou

Posted: July 5th, 2009 8:04 pm
by Belton
There's a thread for these requests here

I'm sure someone will be along to move this there, and delete the double post, eventually.

In the meantime

David Somerville デービット・サマビル deibitto samabiru
Glasgow グラスゴー gurasugou
Scotland スコットランド sukottoranndo

as for how to pronounce Japanese... ... gana_chart
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domo arigatou

Posted: July 6th, 2009 3:00 am
by morphious167
thought i had cracked it myself but colud not have been more wrong. domo arigatou.

Posted: July 6th, 2009 9:39 am
by QuackingShoe
It's デヴィッド・サマーヴィル according to the most common references I can find, but it probably varies based on local pronunciation.

Posted: July 6th, 2009 7:53 pm
by Belton
That most Japanese of sounds "V"

I think that Japanese mostly still pronounce and render V sounds with the B row, despite spelling reform for foreign words.
According to the current official guidance (外来語の表記) either is acceptable. (para 7)
I'm probably just old fashioned though.