How is Gael Monfils pronounced ?

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  1. Sentinel

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    I like getting my pronunciations correct. However, wiki 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.
     
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  2. noobplayer

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    gale and i think its b, but unless ure a commentator y does it matter so much to u? ignorance is bliss :)
     
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  3. CyBorg

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    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.
     
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    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 :)
     
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  5. my_forehand

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    Say it in a French accent :D

    IMO, it's Gail Monfees..
     
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    ga-EL mon-FEES
     
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    Ga-eehl moh(n)-fees

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

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    In French it's definitely Mon-Fiss. Mon-fees sounds close but there's the english accent in it.
     
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    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).
     
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    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
     
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  12. Batoussai

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    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
     
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    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
     
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  14. Hidious

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    No!

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Mofeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees !!!
     
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    Mofeezy, my neezy.
     
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    Thanks a lot, Hidious. Now I am waiting for the Official Tokyopunk Version.
     
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    gah-yell mon-fees
     
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  21. MasturB

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    I think it is

    Guy-El
    Mon-Fece
     
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  22. Duzza

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    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.
     
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  23. animainmachina

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    you know him as gael... but here in the dirty south we call him LITTLE WAYNE1!
    [​IMG]
     
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  24. pound cat

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    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.
     
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  25. pound cat

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