Just trying to figure out how to help those who love to play Napoleon's Army, but have the darnedest time pronouncing the unit names.
Every time I watch a multiplayer game play video on Youtube, or even when in multiplayer games at times, I hear some of the unit names really mispronounced.
Unfortunately, it is often more difficult to UN-learn bad pronunciations than it is to learn how to say it correctly, or as close to the correct pronunciation as possible.
As an example of words learned incorrectly, how many of you, instead of hearing CA-VAL-RY (horse mounted soldiers), sometimes hear CAL-VA-RY (a site outside ancient Jerusalem)?
As I said in another post:
I'm gonna try to help with this if I can. I can't seem to find a good site with free audio help. If anyone knows of a good one, please share.
If anyone knows how to make simple audio wave files, and how to share them online for free, please let me know and I will gladly record the correct pronunciations for the unit names, etc.
In the meantime, here is a site that is a good start:
So, while it is not perfect, it may help.
Here are some of the names of the units in NTW and an attempt to help pronounce them:
Voltigeurs - VOL-TEE-ZHUR (long O pronunciation)
Chasseur - SHAH-SUHR, (the EU in French is a 'forward' lower jaw pronunciation of UH)
Infanterie - if you can do the nasals for IN and AN cool, if not, just say INFANTRY - otherwise it is IN-FAN-T(UH)-REE
Légère - LAY-ZHAIR
Fusiliers - FOO-ZEE-LEE-YAY, but FYOU-ZUH-LEERZ is perfectly fine
Grenadiers - GRUH-NAH-DEE-YAY(long A), although GRIN-AH-DEERZ is perfectly fine
(5ème) Hussards - first HOO-SAHR, then the number SANK-EE-M(pronounced as the letter M)
Chevaux Lanciers - SHUH-VOH-LAWN-SEE-YAY, if you can do the AN nasal, cool
(7ème) Lanciers - first LAWN-SEE-YAY, if you can do the AN nasal, cool, then the number SET-EE-M(pronounced as the letter M)
Chasseurs à Cheval - (the EU in French is a 'forward' lower jaw pronunciation of UH), SHAH-SUHR-AH-SHUH-VAHL
Guard à Cheval - GARD-AH-SHUH-VAHL
Cuirassiers - this has got to be the hardest, but the most important, KWEE-RAH-SEE-YAY, the problem is the French U, which only really exists in the French language as such.*
Grenadier à Cheval - GRUH-NAH-DEE-YAY(long A)-AH-SHUH-VAHL, although GRIN-AH-DEERZ-AH-SHUH-VAHL is perfectly fine
Carabiniers - CAH-RAH-BEAN-YAY, although CA-RAH-BEAN-ERZ is perfectly fine
Artillerie à Cheval - AR-TEE-YA-REE-AH-SHUH-VAHL - horse artillery
Artillerie à Pied - AR-TEE-YA-REE-AH-PEE-YAY - foot artillery
* To learn how to pronounce the French U correctly, you have to learn how to pronounce vowels in French.
In our various forms of English, we often take great liberty pronouncing our vowels. In English, they tend to 'slide' between different sounds, almost to the point of becoming diphthongs in some parts of the world.
For example, in the southern United States, it is very common to hear teachers teach vowels by stretching the vowel out to become a sort of distorted diphthong, for example:
A becomes AAAYUH, E becomes EEEYUH, I becomes IIIYUH, O becomes OOOWUH, and U becomes YUUOO.
In French, the vowels are pronounced very tightly, like single notes played on a piano, so:
A is AH, E is UH, I is EE, O is OH, and U is unique.
Perhaps the easiest way learn how to pronounce the French U is to say the French I which is EE, then slide that sound into a EEW like the UE in GLUE, then tighten it into a small trumpet like French U.
If that's too hard, then just try to pronounce the WEE the way you hear French speakers say OUI, and you'll be close enough.
Hope this helps.
Does anybody have a full list of all the French Marshals, Generals, and Admirals?