Help Needed pronouncing Skaters Names

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That's most likely because Polina's mom is Russian, so she probably says her daughter's name the way it sounds in Russian, and here's its English transcription: Polina [pə’li:nə]. The stress in on the second syllable which means that the first "o" is reduced and sounds like the neutral unstressed "ə". So I would say "P'lina" suggested earlier is pretty close to how the name originally sounds. It's a very popular name in Russia.
 

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... The stress in on the second syllable which means that the first "o" is reduced and sounds like the neutral unstressed "ə". ....

Yep, that's why (sort-of why) I said it is plausible for other Polinas to say Pawlina.
ETA: AFAIK, an unstressed "o" is pronounced as "ah" if it is in the syllable immediately before the stressed syllable. If not immediately before the stressed syllable, it is pronounced as "ə". Examples: Москва, as opposed to the first syllable of хорошо. Or compare the pronunciations of the first "o" vs. the second "o" of хорошо.​

But the point of this thread is to nail down how individual skaters -- such as Polina Edmunds specifically (as opposed to any other Polina) -- pronounce their own names.

Not how their parents say the skater's names (see the discussion re Nam Nguyen and his parents).
How the skater says her/his own name.

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What I thought I had recalled was someone (an announcer or whoever) stating that Polina Edmunds (not Polina's mother) pronounces her own name as Pawlina. I was just pointing out to myself :laugh: (and to anyone else who cares) that Polina in fact does not use that pronunciation.​
 
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Another option, you can watch national competitions and listen to announcers and how they pronounce their own skaters names.....
On wikipedia you can listen to name pronouncements too
 

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Bless Ted's heart. :laugh: I also do think about saying chai when I read his last name.

I actually prounanced it right in my head. :) I just read it as I see it and it sometimes turn out to be completely wrong :drama: but not this time :hap10:
 

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Speaking of Jun Hwan, does anyone know his name in Chinese characters?
 

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Speaking of Jun Hwan, does anyone know his name in Chinese characters?

This is in his fan fest:

Cha Jun-hwan (Hangul:차준환) (born October 21, 2001) is a South Korean figure skater

Hangul is all I have at this time.
 

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I still don't remember where I originally got the notion that the pronunciation for Edmunds' first name is "Pawlina" -- but in her video today, the first syllable does not sound like Paw-.

[It is plausible to me that others named Polina might say Paw-, but Edmunds does not.]

USFS has made things interesting by including a mini "Pronunciation Guide" in a new official promo packet, so make of these what you will:

USFS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Mirai Nagasu = Muh-RYE Nah-GAH-sue
Polina = PAUL-ina
Tennell = Ten-ELLE

Hochstein = HOCK-steen
Krasnozhon = Krass-no-SHAWN
Rippon = ri-PAWN
Tomoki Hiwatashi = Ta-MOE-key Hee-wa-TAH-shee

Knierim = Kin-EAR-im
Liu = Lou
Scimeca = Ska-MEC-a
 

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USFS has made things interesting by including a mini "Pronunciation Guide" in a new official promo packet, so make of these what you will:

USFS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

... Polina = PAUL-ina ...

Thx, sabinfire.
So Paul-/Pawl- is the official word.

But the stress belongs on the first syllable???
I don't detect that in "your" video of Polina (2014 source material) or "mine" (2016).

In any case, it is nice to see how Polina has grown from a cute girl to a more mature beauty :cool:.


Marie-France Dubreuil gives the pronunciation of her last name and then says her first name -- starting at approx. 27:00 in last month's TSL interview:

 
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Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau say their names in the latest episode of the Ice Talk podcast.

About 45 seconds from the beginning of Episode 12.

http://www.icenetwork.com/fans/icetalk


Keiji Tanaka says his name in a promo video that was shot at NHK Trophy:


(Nathan and Yuzuru do too, but we already have heard them say their names elsewhere.)
 
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Some videos form ISU WC Helsinki 2017 Facebook of skaters saying their names:

Alexei Bychenko ISR : https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/637072916417321/
Natalia Kaliszek & Maks Spodyriev POL: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/636706459787300/
Minerva Fabienne Hase & Nolan Seegert GER: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/634170670040879/
Joshi Helgesson SWE: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/632840476840565/
Ioulia Chtchetinina & Noah Scherer SUI: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/632501970207749/ (I remember some users being curious how to spell Ioulia surname)
Jorik Hendrickx BEL: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/628843367240276/
Olivia Smart & Adria Diaz ESP: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/626791460778800/
Jiri Belohradsky CZE: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/622832694508010/
Helery Hälvin EST: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/622868841171062/
Taylor Tran & Saulius Ambrulevičius LTU: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/609045292553417/
Laurence Fournier-Beaudry & Nikolaj Sørensen DEN: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/603073873150559/
Tarah Kayne & Danny O'Shea USA: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/599479200176693/
Bela Papp FIN: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/593380284119918/
Cecilia Törn & Jussiville Partanen FIN: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/585892581535355/
Alexander Majorov SWE: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/582565671868046/
Ryuju Hino JPN: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/578072185650728/
Nathan Chen USA: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/574570476000899/
Loena Hendrickx BEL: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/569277996530147/
Madison Hubbel & Zachary Donohue USA: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/561888727269074/
Daniel Samohin ISR: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/556112304513383/
Patrick Chan CAN: https://www.facebook.com/helsinki2017/videos/550879688369978/

Quite many videos ;) The only name for me to even understand was Laurence Fournier-Beaudry, just shows how bad at French I am :drama:
 
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It is worth noting that facebook now has an option for you to link a recording of how you pronounce your name on your home page.

Perhaps some skaters have taken advantage of this option.
 

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Not related to the topic, but I made a video on how to pronounce Russian skaters names. I don't make any explanations, just pronounce their names. Seeing a discussion about Evgenia's name in this thread made me finally finish this video that I've been meaning to make since the end of last season https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G48sk-Vq5jo&feature=youtu.be Hope this video will be helpful to someone. And I hope my voice doesn't sound annoying :slink:

I only included single skaters that are going to be in the spotlight next season.
 

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Not related to the topic, but I made a video on how to pronounce Russian skaters names. I don't make any explanations, just pronounce their names. Seeing a discussion about Evgenia's name in this thread made me finally finish this video that I've been meaning to make since the end of last season https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G48sk-Vq5jo&feature=youtu.be Hope this video will be helpful to someone. And I hope my voice doesn't sound annoying :slink:

I only included single skaters that are going to be in the spotlight next season.

omg, thank you! I love how the name Elena is pronounced
 
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