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Jorgen Pronunciation - Poll

How is Jorgen’s name pronounced?   52 members have voted

  1. 1. Jorgen is pronounced:

    • Hard J, like Jam or Jelly. Jor-gin
      26
    • A Yuh sound, like Jasnah or Yolish. Your-gin
      26

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The pronunciation of Jorgen’s name is a highly debated topic at times, and I’d like to make a poll to see what people think. 

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I don’t care one way or the other. I listen to the audible books though because it’s the only way I have time for much reading any more and they use the hard J sound. That being said, it reminds me or a more German/Scandinavian name which would have the Y sound so… 

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I pronounce it with a hard "J", which my wife made fun of me for while watching the latest season of Great British Baking Show since there is a contestant with the same name. 

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I think it should have a soft j, but pronounce it with a hard one.

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I pronounce it with a soft J.

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Huh. I have been pronouncing it Scandinavian-style "Yorgen", but "Jasnah" I thought was with a hard J, "Jazz-nah".

Are those the audiobook pronunciations then? "Djorgen" and "Yasnah"?

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Hard J

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By "soft J," do people mean a "zh" sound, as in beige? I pronounce it with a hard J, but that may be because I've listened to the audio.

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1 hour ago, Ookla the Johnny Boy said:

By "soft J," do people mean a "zh" sound, as in beige? I pronounce it with a hard J, but that may be because I've listened to the audio.

"y"

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Ee-uhr-jin

Edited by Ookla the Confused
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Jorr-gunn     ("J" like in Jasnah, = Jazz-nuh)

Like, Jason Write is Jason, not Yason; and Robert Jordan is Jordan, not Yordan.

Edited by Iarwainiel I
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In Brandon's spoiler stream last night, Adam pronounced Jorgen as "Yorr-gen." I previously voted for "Jorr-gen" in this thread's poll but I'm switching to the other pronunciation now :D

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Posted (edited)

I listened to the British audiobook, the Sophie Aldred version, and she pronounces it with the "Yuh." I didn't realize how it was spelled for the longest time!

Funnily enough, for the space of the first two books, I also assumed that Sophie Aldred's pronunciation of "Spensa" was just her accent pronouncing "Spencer".

As for Alanik, I actually pictured it as a kind of French-style "Arlanique"--which is also a rather nice name, now that I write it out. I should use it somewhere myself.

Edited by Aria
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I like to imagine that his name is supposed to be pronounced with a y-sound to go with his originally intended callsign (Jaeger) but once Spensa's nickname of Jerkface caught on, everyone started pronouncing it with a hard J so it matched the callsign.

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