The Winds of Khalakovo Phonetic Pronunciation Guide

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I mentioned a few months back that the audio rights for The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy had been sold to Audible through my publisher, Night Shade Books. Well, I found out a bit more information this week. The voice actor is Ray Chase. He’s done a wide variety of acting, including some audio books for Greg Bear, and I’m eager to see what he does with The Winds of Khalakovo.

Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t actually know if the first two books are being taped right away or only the first book. I’ll have to find that out.

In any case, I spoke with Mr. Chase and offered whatever assistance I could, which usually boils down to helping with the pronunciations. He asked if I could develop a phonetic guide if I hadn’t already. I hadn’t. But I said sure.

So I’ve spent the last few nights working on that, and I thought, since I have it together already, some of you may get a kick out of how I pronounce the names of the characters and places in the books. Here’s the phonetic pronunciation guide that Ray forwarded me, which apparently is industry standard.

And here’s the phonetic pronunciations I came up with. Share and enjoy!

  • Adhiya: ah THEE yah
  • Aelwen: AIL wen
  • aether: EE ther
  • akhoz: ah KOHZ
  • Alif: ah LEEF
  • Ahar: ah HAHR
  • Ahya Soroush al Rehada: I yah soh ROOSH ahl re HAH dah
  • Al-Aqim: ahl ah KEEM
  • Alayazhar: ah li yah ZHAHR
  • Aleg Ganevov Khazabyirsk: AH leg GAH ne VOHF kah zah bee YIHRSK
  • Aleke?ir: ah lah kih SHIHR
  • Alesya Zaveta Bolgravya: ah LES ee yah zah VAY tah bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • Alhamid: ahl HAHM id
  • Anahid: ah nah HEED
  • Andreyo Sergeyov Rhavanki: ahn DRAY oh SAIR gay awf rah VAHN kee
  • arqesh: ahr KESH
  • Ashan Kida al Ahrumea: ah SHAHN KEE dah ahl ahr oo MAY ah
  • Atalayina: ah tahl ah YEE nah
  • Atiana Radieva Vostroma: ah tee YAH nah rah dee AY vah voh STROH mah
  • Avayom Kirilov: ah VI yahm KEE reel awf
  • Avil: ah VEEL
  • Avolina: ah voh LEE nah
  • Bahett ül Kirdhash: bah HET ool kihr thahsh
  • Behnda al Tib: BEN dah ahl TEEB
  • berdische axe: bair DEESH aks
  • Bersuq Wahad al Gatha: bair SOOK wah HAHD ahl GAH thah
  • bichaq: bee SHAHK
  • Borund Zhabynov Vostroma: voh STROH mah
  • Brechan son of Gaelynd: BREKH ahn son of GAY lihnd
  • Brunhald: BROON hahld
  • cherkesska: chair KES kah
  • Cyhir: sih HIHR
  • Datha: DAH thah
  • Devrim ül Mert: DEV rihm ool MAIR
  • dhoshahezhan: THOHSH ah he ZHAHN
  • dhoshaqiram: THOHSH ah kih RAHM
  • dolman: DOHL mahn
  • drakhen: DRAKH en
  • Dyanko Kantinov Vostroma: dee YAHN koh kahn TEEN awf voh STROH mah
  • Ebru: EB roo
  • Edik: AY dihk
  • Elean: EL ay ahn
  • Erahm: e RAHM
  • Ekaterina Margeva Rhavanki: e KAT er ee nah mahr GAY vah rah VAHN kee
  • Evochka: e VOHCH kah
  • eyrie: IHR ee
  • Fahroz Bashar al Lilliah: fah ROHZ bah SHAHR ahl lih LEE ah
  • Galostina (Palotza Galostina): pah LOHT za gah LOH stih nah
  • Ghayavand: gah yah VAHND
  • Gaji: GAH jee
  • Galahesh: gah lah HESH
  • goedrun: GOH droon
  • Goeh: GOH e
  • Gravlos Antinov: GRAHV lohs AHN teen awf
  • Grigory Staseyev Bolgravya: GRIH goh ree STAH sah yev bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • Habram: HAH brahm
  • Hael: HAYL
  • Hakan ül Aye?e: hah KAHN ool ah YESH
  • havahezhan: hah vah he ZHAHN
  • havaqiram: hah vah kih RAHM
  • Heodor Yaroslov Lhudansk: HAY oh dohr YAH roh slahf loo DAHNSK
  • hezhan: he ZHAHN
  • Hratha: RAH thah
  • hussar: hoo SAR
  • Iaros Aleksov Khalakovo: ee AHR ohs ah LEK sawf kah lah KOH voh
  • ilkadin: EEL kah DEEN
  • Inan: ih NAHN
  • indaraqiram: kih RAHM
  • Irabahce (Kasir Irabahce): kah SIHR ihr ah BAHSH
  • Iramanshah: ihr ah mahn SHAH
  • Iriketa Alesyeva Bolgravya: ihr ih KET ah ah les ee YAY vah bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • Isaak Ylafslov: I zahk EE lahf slawf
  • Ishkyna Radieva Vostroma: ish KEEN ah rah dee AY vah voh STROH mah
  • Iyana Klarieva Dhalingrad: ee YAH nah klah ree YAY vah DAHL ihn grahd
  • jalahezhan: hah lah he ZHAHN
  • jalaqiram: hah lah kih RAHM
  • Jonis: YOH nis
  • Jahalan Atman al Mitra: jah HAH lahn AHT mahn al MEE trah
  • Kaleh: KAH le
  • Kalhani: kah LAH nee
  • Kamarisi: kah mah REE see
  • kasir: kah SIHR
  • Katerina Vostroma: kah tah REE nah voh STROH mah
  • Kaymakam: ki muh KAHM
  • Khamal Cyphar al Maladhin: kah MAHL sih FAHR ahl mah lah THEEN
  • khanjar: kahn JAHR
  • khedive: ke DEEV
  • kilij: kih LEEZH
  • kindjal: kihn JAHL
  • Kiravashya: kihr ah VAHSH yah
  • Kirzan: kihr ZAHN
  • Kohor: koh HOHR
  • kolpak: KOHL pak
  • Konstantin Staseyev Bolgravya: KON stahn teen STAH sah yev bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • korobochki: koh roh BOHCH kee
  • kozyol: kahz YOHL
  • Kseniya Zoyeva Nodhvyansk: ki SEN ee yah zoi YAY vah nohd vee YAHNSK
  • kuadim: koo ah DEEM
  • Kürad son of Külesh: koo RAHD son of koo LESH
  • Kuvvatli Mountains: koo VAHT lee
  • Leonid Roaldov Dhalingrad: LAY oh nid DAHL ihn grahd
  • ley line: LAY
  • Maharraht: mah hah RAHT
  • Mahndi: MAN dee
  • Mahrik: MAIR ik
  • Mahtar: mah TAHR
  • Majeed Bassam al Haffeh: mah ZHEED bah SAHM ahl HAHF e
  • Malidhan: mahl ih THAHN
  • Matra (plural: Matri): MAH trah (MAH tree)
  • Meryam: MAIR ee yahm
  • Mikhail: mih KHIL
  • Mileva Radieva Vostroma: mih LAY vah rah dee AY vah voh STROH mah
  • Mirashadal: mihr AHSH ah DAHL
  • Muqallad Bakshazhd al Dananir: moo KAHL ahd bahk SHAHZ ahd ahl dah nah NIHR
  • Muwas Umar al Mariyah: moo WAHS oo MAHR ahl mah REE yah
  • Nabide: nah BEED
  • Nasim an Ashan: nah SEEM ahn ah SHAHN
  • Nataliya Iyaneva Bolgravya: nah TAHL ee yah ee yah NAY vah bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • Negesht: ne GESHT
  • Nikandr Iaroslov Khalakovo: nih KAHN duhr ee AH roh slohv kah lah KOH voh
  • palotza: pah LOHT zah
  • Polina Anayev Mirkotsk: poh LEE nah AH nah yev mihr KOHTSK
  • polkovnik: pohl KOHV nihk
  • polupolkovnik: POH loo pohl KOHV nihk
  • privyet: PRIHV yiht
  • qiram: kih RAHM
  • Rabiah Wahid al Aahtel: rah BEE ah wah HEED ahl ah TEL
  • Radia Anastasiyeva Vostroma: RAH dee ah ah nah stah see YAY vah voh STROH mah
  • Radiskoye (Palotza Radiskoye): rah dih SKOI ah
  • Rahid Umar al Gahana: rah HEED oo MAR ahl gah HAHN ah
  • Ramina: rah MEE nah
  • Ranos Iaroslov Khalakovo: RAH nohs ee AH roh slohv kah lah KOH voh
  • Rehada Ulan al Shineshka: re HAH dah oo LAHN ahl shih NESH kah
  • Rodion: RAH dee ahn
  • Rosa Oriseva Lhudansk: ROH sa or ih SAY vah loo DAHNSK
  • Safwah: SAHF wah
  • Saphia Mishkeva Khalakovo: sah FEE yah mish KAY vah kah lah KOH voh
  • Sariya Quljan al Vehayeh: sah REE yah kool ZHAHN ahl ve HI yah
  • Sea of Khurkhan: koor KAHN
  • Sea of Tabriz: tah BREEZ
  • Selim ül Hakan: se LEEM ool hah KAHN
  • Serin: SAYR in
  • Shadam Khoreh: SHAH dahm KOR e
  • shamshir: sham SHEER
  • shashka: SHAHSH kah
  • Shirvozeh: shihr VOHZ e
  • Siafyan: see ahf YAHN
  • Sihyaan: see YAHN
  • Siha? ül Mehmed: sih HAHSH ool me MED
  • siraj: sihr AHZH
  • Sitalyas: si TAHL yahs
  • Soroush Wahad al Gatha: soh ROOSH wah HAHD ahl GAH thah
  • sotni: SOHT nee
  • sotnik: SOHT nik
  • strelet (plural: streltsi): STREL et (STRELT see)
  • szubka: ZOOB kah
  • staaya: STAH yah
  • Stasa Olegov Bolgravya: STAH sah OH leg awf bohl GRAHV ee yah
  • Styophan Andrashayev: STYOH fahn ahn DRAHSH ah yev
  • Sukharam Hadir al Dahanan: soo KAHR ahm hah DEER ahl dah HAH nahn
  • suurahezhan: soo rah he ZHAHN
  • suuraqiram: soo ra kih RAHM
  • Svoya: SVOI ah
  • Syemon: SYAY mon
  • Tashavir: tah shah VEER
  • Thabash Kaspar al Meliyah: thah BAHSH kah SPAHR ahl me LEE yah
  • Thirosh: thi ROHSH
  • Tohrab: toh RAHB
  • Trevitze: tre VEET se
  • Udra Amir al Rasa: OOD rah ah MEER ahl RAH sah
  • Urdi Mountains: OOR dee
  • Ushai Kissath al Shahda: oo SHI kih SAHTH ahl SHAH dah
  • Uyadensk: oo yah DENSK
  • Vaasak Adimov Dhalingrad: VAH sahk AH dihm awf DAHL ihn grahd
  • vanahezhan: vah nah he ZHAHN
  • vanaqiram: vah nah kih RAHM
  • vashaqiram: vah shah kih RAHM
  • Victania Saphieva Khalakovo: vihk tahn ee ah sah fee YAY vah kah lah KOH voh
  • Vihrosh: vih ROHSH
  • Vikra: VIK rah
  • Vlanek: VLAH nihk
  • Volgorod: VOHL goh rohd
  • Wahad Soroush al Qabiah: wah HAHD soh ROOSH ahl kah BEE ah
  • wodjan: WOH jahn
  • Yadhan: yah THAHN
  • Yalessa: yah LES ah
  • Yalidoz (Kasir Yalidoz): yah lih DOHZ
  • Yasha: YAH shah
  • Yegor Nikolov Nodhvyansk: YAY gor NIHK oh lawf nohd vee YAHNSK
  • Yevgeny Krazhnegov Mirkotsk: yev GEN ee KRAZH ne gawf mihr KOHTSK
  • Yrfa: EER fah
  • Yrstanla: ihr stahn LAH
  • Yvanna Antoneva Khalakovo: ee VAHN ah ahn toh NAY vah kah lah KOH voh
  • Zanaida Lariseva Khazabyirsk: zah nah EE dah lah rih SAY vah kah zah bih YEERSK
  • Zanhalah: zahn HAH lah
  • Zhabyn Olegov Vostroma: ZHAH been OH leg awf voh STROH mah

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