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HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE WORD “HIEROSOLYMA”

 

 

Copyright June 26, 2005 4:27 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated June 27, 2005 8:12 PM CST

Copyright June 27, 2005 8:12 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

The word “Hierosolyma” is pronounced much differently than it looks.  “Hierosolyma” is pronounced (using phonetic spelling):

 

'Hi-uh-ro-"sah-luh-muh

 

The little symbol (primary accent mark) " tells you to put primary (strongest) emphasis on the syllable it is attached to.  The (secondary accent mark) ' symbol tells you to put secondary (not as strong as primary) emphasis on the syllable to which it is attached.

 

The syllable “Hi” rhymes with “sight, night, and light.”

 

The syllable “uh” rhymes with “hut, but, and jut.”  The “h” in “uh” is silent.

 

The syllable “ro” rhymes “low, snow, and bow.”

 

The syllable “sah” rhymes with “blah, ha, mop, and cot.”  The “h” in “sah” is silent.

 

The syllable “luh” rhymes with “hut, but, and jut.”  The “h” in “luh” is silent.

 

The syllable “muh” rhymes with “hut, but, and jut.”  The “h” in “muh” is silent.

 

The following phonetic spelling more clearly reflects the emphasis to be given to the two accented (' and ") syllables:

 

Hiii-uh-ro-sahhhh-luh-muh

 

The following table associates the above phonetic syllables with their corresponding literal (letter) syllables:

 

 

LITERAL (LETTER) SYLLABLES

Hi

ero

sol

y

ma

PHONETIC SYLLABLES

Hiii

uh

ro

sahhhh

luh

muh

 

 

You will notice that “ero” is not separated into “e” and “ro.”  This is because the pronunciation of these syllables runs together.  In terms of the phonetic syllables, that would be “uhro.”  So, here is an even better phonetic spelling of the word “Hierosolyma”:

 

Hiii-uhro-sahhhh-luh-muh

 

 

 

 

Technical Footnote:  the literal (letter) syllables “sol” and “y” make it hard to see their correct pronunciations because they make it appear that the “l” in “sol” runs together with the “sahhhh” sound.  It does not.  If it did, you would have to pronounce the third, literal (letter) syllable (which is “sol”) “sahhhhl,” almost like the first syllable in the name “Sally.”