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- - By Kapaun (****) [de] Date 2007-10-02 21:15 Edited 2007-10-02 21:22
What I always wanted to know: How is Vas' name correctly pronounced?

Or even different?
Parent - - By Vasik Rajlich (Silver) [hu] Date 2007-10-02 22:08
This could have been a poll :)

It's 'Rye-lich'.

Parent - By Sesse (****) [no] Date 2007-10-02 22:44
I can think of several different pronounciations that would match reasonably well with the "rye" syllable (for instance, there are several different R-sounds out there). You need to put up a sound file, I guess. :-)

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Parent - By Banned for Life (Gold) Date 2007-10-02 22:48
All those choices and the winners would have been in the "None of the above" category!

Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-02 23:02
With me being of Polish ancestry, I figured this was how it should be pronounced, actually; j's in Slavic languages tend to be pronounced like "y's" in English, for those people who aren't aware.  However, my question is this: was the original spelling of your name Rajlicz?
Parent - - By Kapaun (****) [de] Date 2007-10-03 07:55 Edited 2007-10-03 08:04
I was quite sure about the "rye" part, too - but not so sure about the "lich" part. Maybe because the "ch" can be pronounced in two different ways in German. A "hard" way which is similar to the Spanish "j" (a rough, throat-cleaning sound - a bit more pressure around your throat and it will come out as a "k") and a "weak" way where I don't know about a twin in other languages. It sounds a bit like the soft hissing of a cat. In "Rajlich" it would be the weak version.
But the way his name is actually pronounced would look like "Railitsch" or "Reilitsch" in German. ;)
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-03 12:27
Of course he can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that the "ch" is like the "cz" in "Czech Republic".
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2007-10-03 12:29 Edited 2007-10-03 12:36
I thought it's like the "ch" in "czech"  (this sound more logical to me :) ) in English, but I guess in Czech language you pronounce it like a german "ch" (or an old greek "chi", not like a k)

I think in German you can speak it just how it is written (the ch like in "blech").

But I also have no idea what the real pronounciation is, so I'm just guessing :)
Parent - - By Vasik Rajlich (Silver) [hu] Date 2007-10-06 13:21
Actually, Rajlich is a very unusual Czech name. There are something like 100 Rajlichs around the world. In Czech, "ch" is a single letter, always prounounced the same way. I just can't think of any English words with this sound :)

Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2007-10-06 16:32
Is it like the ch in "loch" (loch ness)?
Parent - By Vasik Rajlich (Silver) [hu] Date 2007-10-07 18:15
Ok, but how do you pronounce Loch Ness? As long as it's not 'Lock Ness', then this should be correct.

Parent - - By MoKy (**) [sk] Date 2007-10-06 20:33 Edited 2007-10-06 21:25
I found the word reilig on
Maybe it came here with Irish missionaries in the Middle Ages
Listen Méchiko
I like to pronounce it with k on the end, because it rhymes with Vasik.
And I suppose, this has origin in the name Václav (familiarly Vašek, Vašík, Vašíček, Vacek ...).
BTW Václav and Old Slavic Vjačeslav means more famous.
If I'm right, which Václav in a row are you?

Something about Grandpa
Family today

Etymology and Archeology go hand in hand.


Next: Hypotesis of genesis of the name Rybka ;-)
Parent - By Vasik Rajlich (Silver) [hu] Date 2007-10-07 18:19
Aha - finally somebody is on the right track.

Yes, my father and grandfather were both Vaclavs, so I'm the third. Me and my dad are both first-borns.

And no, you won't get very far with your next project :)

Parent - - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2007-10-03 12:38
"A "hard" way which is similar to the Spanish "j" (a rough, throat-cleaning sound"

I like how you really want to explain it, more the especially the throat-cleaning sound part of it. We also use that kind of a sound in Setswana (South African language) and Afrikaans too. Nevertheless we use it is for the letter "g" not "j".
Parent - By noctiferus (***) [it] Date 2007-10-04 20:24
It reminds me what a colleague from an hollander university told me long time ago: in the 2nd war, he said, Germans were discriminating true hollanders  from foreigners asking them to say "Scheveningen" (quite in theme :) ).
As he told me, only true hollanders are able to make the sound you describe as throat-cleaning in the "che". (I couldn't, notwithstanding some efforts).
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2007-10-04 19:01
I think that Rajlich it is the hungarian name as has nothing to Slavic languages. :-)
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-04 21:29
You should know better!!

Vasik is not a Hungarian name, as far as I'm aware.  But you being from Poland should recognize a Czech name when you see one!  (Though I do believe that Czech is different from the Slavic family, but I could be wrong on this one.)
Parent - - By Hetman (*****) Date 2007-10-05 11:44
Vasik could be czech name but Rajlich not.
The part of Hungary have been given to Czech and Slowakia after 2nd World War.
Parent - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-05 12:09
Ahh, okay, I take it back; it seems that you're right. :-)
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-06 17:14
Seeing Vas' last post, I apparently shouldn't give up so easily!
Parent - By Hetman (*****) Date 2007-10-06 17:44
May be in Hungary that is usual name ;-)
Parent - - By XmikeX (**) [us] Date 2007-10-04 04:09
On a similar note, I have contacted at least 3 nefarious netherlanders (lazy bums on IRC) regarding creation of a voiced recording of "LOEK VAN WELY" to -> .mp3

No luck yet :)

Here's the relevant thread -
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2007-10-04 04:48
I believe it's "luuk van VAI-lee"
Parent - By Fulcrum2000 (****) [nl] Date 2007-10-04 15:51 Edited 2007-10-04 15:55
Actually it is "luuk van WAI-lee"
The "van" is pronounced slighty different, but I can't find a similar "a" in english...
Parent - - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2007-10-04 07:04
Since Afrikaans is from Dutch and Afrikanners pronounce "V" as "F" and "W" as "V" and "Y" as "EI", it should be Luuk Fun Velei
Parent - By Fulcrum2000 (****) [nl] Date 2007-10-04 15:53
Not even close :)
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