Friday, March 12, 2010

How to Pronounce "Anjali"

Anjali comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "gift" or "offering". Like all Indian names, the accent is on the first syllable: ANjali, like MADHavi or even like JERemy (see, we have a family thing going here).

So now we get to the pronunciation of the "An" part of Anjali. The "An" is pronounced "UN" as in Unjali. This "An" one would find in the name "Anita", This is in contrast to the "An" being pronounced as "AWN" like in the name "Anika". The problem of the pronunciation occurs when one of takes Indian sounds and uses Roman letters to represent them. And aesthetics play a part too.  Some people spell Anjali with a U so it's 'Unjali' but we weren't too keen on that. Some people spell Anjali with a U again, as in 'Anjuli' but we weren't keen on that either. And we definitely weren't keen on 'Unjuli' either. (Two U's - oh no!) So dear friends, think UN-JALI for Anjali.

7 comments:

r. seligman said...

My blog stalking skills paid off again!!

Excellent post. If I slip up again, you may call me out on it. Plus, your pronunciation of Anjali is way prettier than anything that's gonna come out of my Philly-bred mouth.

Madhavi said...

So not true! I have no special twists of tongue or clicking abilities.

TPS-SheilaP said...

LOVE this. hilarious! ... but helpful. : )

JeremyD said...

Just think like it's a non Jali...Or Un-Jali...

Radha Gopinath das said...

Hey at least her name isn't Radha Gopinath. Try coming up with a pronunciation guide for that! hahaha

Julie said...

So is it [ə]?
Love, Rachel & Julie

JeremyD said...

I can't remember what that schwa sounds like. Maybe this is hard to explain via type rather than vocalizing. "Un ja lee" with an accent on the first syllable, "Un." Does that help? Maybe we'll have a pronunciation lesson when you guys visit!