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Sentinel
06-06-2008, 10:10 PM
I like getting my pronunciations correct. However, wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%C3%ABl_Monfils) is not clear to me.

Are the 2 L's pronounced ?

Gael:

Is it like "gale" or "gah ell" (almost like "guile") ?

Monfils:

a. mon - fee
b. mon - fees
c. mon - fiss

d. Other ???

Thanks in advance.

noobplayer
06-06-2008, 10:10 PM
gale and i think its b, but unless ure a commentator y does it matter so much to u? ignorance is bliss :)

CyBorg
06-06-2008, 10:12 PM
Mown-fees.

It drives me crazy when the colour guy says monfille.

The name derives from the word fils, which is son. Fille would be daughter.

Sentinel
06-06-2008, 10:34 PM
gale and i think its b, but unless ure a commentator y does it matter so much to u? ignorance is bliss :)
Thanks.
_Personally_, I think pronouncing someone's name correctly is showing respect to the person, or one way of doing it. Not sure how to put it to you.

Perhaps, it doesn't matter much to Americans and the British, who have changed all "foreign" names (people, cities, countries) totally to suit them. But for the rest of us, who have faced having our simple names mispronounced, at least I would not like to do the same to others.

Hope I didn't sound sarcastic :-)

my_forehand
06-06-2008, 10:36 PM
Say it in a French accent :D

IMO, it's Gail Monfees..

Duzza
06-06-2008, 10:51 PM
ga-EL mon-FEES

luckyboy1300
06-06-2008, 10:52 PM
Ga-eehl moh(n)-fees

the (n) sound is nasalized, isn't it?

crazytennis
06-06-2008, 11:13 PM
Ga-eehl moh(n)-fees

the (n) sound is nasalized, isn't it?

...........................

Hidious
06-06-2008, 11:56 PM
In French it's definitely Mon-Fiss. Mon-fees sounds close but there's the english accent in it.

Sentinel
06-07-2008, 01:13 AM
Thanks a lot. From all the replies, not sure if anyone was a Frenchman.

Yes, the n would be nasalized. (I used to call him Gay Monfee - I think the FYB vids pron him as Monfee).

madmanfool
06-07-2008, 01:36 AM
ga-EL mon-FEES

it's definitely not gale, there are two parts "ga" and "el"
They have every name fonetically at the atp site you know

Batoussai
06-07-2008, 01:36 AM
I speak french and I'll try to break it down for you in English words:

GA: first part of the English word GAGA (like crazy :p)

EL: Like the movie NELLE (-N)

MO: as in MOE from The Simpsons

N: Silent

FIL: as in FEEDBACK (-DBACK)

S: Pronounced S

Sentinel
06-07-2008, 04:44 AM
Thanks a lot, Bat. One thing you brought out was that the MON is like MOE which i assume rhymes with Joe (I am not american, so your references to Simpsons and Nelle did not ring a bell).

Assume that "El" rhymes with bell/well.

So I think I have it right down pat (hope I used that expression correctly) :-)

Madman, yes, I found a page on atptennis: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/default.asp?playersearch=monfils

Hidious
06-07-2008, 09:07 AM
Ga-eehl moh(n)-fees

the (n) sound is nasalized, isn't it?

No!

MO: as in MOE from The Simpsons

N: Silent

FIL: as in FEEDBACK (-DBACK)

S: Pronounced S

No, no, no. I'm french and it's definitely not MO as in MOE from the simpson.
It's Mon-Fiss (sounds like kiss) but the Mon part sounds different. I'm pretty sure this sound does not exist in english.

Hidious
06-07-2008, 09:09 AM
Look, they sing it pretty clearly here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yIEoEa9BBfw

joeri888
06-07-2008, 09:10 AM
I wonder why eenglish people never know how to pronounce names. The English commentators always f*ck it up and never put any effort in pronouncing something, especially in french.

The N and L in monfils are not pronounces. it means my son by the way.

Defcon
06-07-2008, 02:05 PM
Mofeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees !!!

NikeWilson
06-07-2008, 02:26 PM
Mofeezy, my neezy.

Sentinel
06-07-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks a lot, Hidious. Now I am waiting for the Official Tokyopunk Version.

Mansewerz
06-07-2008, 07:46 PM
gah-yell mon-fees

MasturB
06-07-2008, 08:40 PM
I think it is

Guy-El
Mon-Fece

Duzza
06-07-2008, 09:33 PM
Just so you know my post was taken from the ATP site, where they show the pronunciation, so I'd assume they have more idea than most of you.

animainmachina
06-07-2008, 10:32 PM
you know him as gael... but here in the dirty south we call him LITTLE WAYNE1!
http://www.kalamu.com/bol/wp-content/content/images/lil%20wayne%2004.jpg

pound cat
06-08-2008, 03:00 AM
Actually is it:


gay (Like happy and gay) EL (as in elevator) Mahn ((as in hey mahn, what's happening?...Jamaican talking)
FEESS (rhymes with neice, your brother's daughter)

gay EL mahn FEESS


We speak both French and English in Canada.

pound cat
06-08-2008, 03:02 AM
Just so you know my post was taken from the ATP site, where they show the pronunciation, so I'd assume they have more idea than most of you.


The ATP site? Check the site for players' height and weight and see how accurate you think they really are.

Duzza
06-08-2008, 09:36 PM
The ATP site? Check the site for players' height and weight and see how accurate you think they really are.

Yeah, but I know the guy who does those stats. He pretty much just goes "hmm you look like your about 6 foot, maybe 6 1. How much do you weigh? 192? I'll put down 180 just to be nice."

Sentinel
06-08-2008, 10:06 PM
^^^ Duzza, don;t know if you are leg-pulling, if so then your post is really funny. :-D

Now I finally know why Serena's weight is supposed to be LESS than Venus'.

RealityPolice
06-08-2008, 10:15 PM
If the Wikipedia entry in the OP is correct, then the vowel in Monfils is the same as that in the word haughty, except nasalized. (The tilde over the vowel in the Wiki entry indicates nasalization.) The easiest way for an American English speaker to think of it might be to imagine it halfway between maw and mong, in which the final sound is pronounced as in sing. The trick is to pretend the nasalizing consonant (in Monfils, the /n/) is still present, even though it is actually silent.

And as several poters have noted, mon fils means "my son." (I've always called him "The Priest" for this reason.)


/linguist
//yes, very cunning

DarthMaul
06-08-2008, 10:21 PM
Geel Mon fis