Alex (electricdruid) wrote in linguaphiles,
Alex
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Hello, friends.

I would like to know how to say the words "whisper" (both noun and verb, if the two aren't the same word) and "shadow" (the noun, as in 'an [object] made of shadow') in as many languages as possible (phonetically, please). Can you help me?

Thank you so much :)
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paulistano

May 30 2014, 01:30:57 UTC 10 months ago

Portuguese: whisper = sussurrar (soo-soo-har); shadow = sombra (sohm-bruh).

electricdruid

May 30 2014, 01:33:07 UTC 10 months ago

Thank you very much :)

eames

May 30 2014, 02:16:06 UTC 10 months ago Edited:  May 30 2014, 02:20:32 UTC

Japanese: Whisper is 囁く (ささやく) 'sasayaku' (v.) and 囁き (ささやき) 'sasayaki' (n.) and pronuciation is pretty much as you read it - sah-sah-yah-koo/kee. Shadow is 影 (かげ) 'kage', pronouced kah-geh.

I am 99% sure on the whisper difference between noun and verb, but if it's for something super important, you might want to wait for a native speaker to check it!

cypukambl

May 30 2014, 03:16:23 UTC 10 months ago

Russian: whisper noun = шёпот (sho-pot), whisper verb indefinite form = шептать (shep-tat`)
shadow = тень (ten`)
shadow whispers = тень шепчет (ten` shep-chet), shadow`s whisper = шёпот тени (sho-pot ten-ee)

muckefuck

May 30 2014, 03:51:47 UTC 10 months ago

When you say "phonetically", what are you looking for? Can you read IPA, for instance? Would you prefer links to sound files?

hkitsune

May 30 2014, 03:51:54 UTC 10 months ago Edited:  May 30 2014, 03:56:54 UTC

French:
chuchoter - whisper [ʃy.ʃo.te]
ombre (la) - shadow [ōmbʁ]

dalaruan

May 30 2014, 05:06:51 UTC 10 months ago Edited:  May 30 2014, 05:10:11 UTC

German:
- flüstern [ˈflʏstɐn] (verb), Flüstern or Geflüster (noun), but also wispern [ˈvɪspɐn] (verb), Wispern or Gewisper (noun) - but that's not as common as flüstern
- Schatten [ˈʃatn]

celestedoro

May 30 2014, 06:14:37 UTC 10 months ago

Hungarian :) My IPA is a bit rusty but I'll try.
to whisper = suttog [ʃuttoɡ]
whisper = suttogás [ʃuttoɡaːʃ]
shadow = árnyék [aːɾɲeːk]

momo100

May 30 2014, 06:36:12 UTC 10 months ago

Hebrew-
whisper (n): Lehisha.
whisper (v): Li'Lhosh.
shadow: Tsel.

dcseain

May 30 2014, 06:44:33 UTC 10 months ago

Spanish:
Whisper: susurrar /susuräɾ/ noun: susurro /susuro̞/
Shadow: sombrar /so̞mbɾäɾ/ noun: sombra /so̞mbɾä/

muckefuck

May 30 2014, 17:59:39 UTC 10 months ago

Welsh: sibrwd [ˈʃɪbɾʊd] (both noun and verb), cysgod [ˈkʰəskɔd].
Irish: cogar [ˈkʰɔgəɾˠ] (noun only), scáth [ˈsˠkɑh]

Irish has no verb corresponding to "whisper" in English; you have to use a periphrastic construction like "speaking in a whisper" (labhairt i gcogar) or even "give whisper to" (cogar a tabhairt do) if you want to use it in a transitive sense.

Neither Welsh nor Irish has an infinitive, which is the form of the verb others have been posting. In Welsh, the citation form is the verb-noun; for Irish, it is that, the imperative, or the first-person singular present tense. I'm not sure which of these forms you want me to phoneticise.

gemini_artemis

May 30 2014, 20:27:05 UTC 10 months ago

Brazilian Portuguese

whisper = sussurro /su.ˈsu.xu/
to whisper = sussurrar /su.su.ˈxar/
shadow = sombra /ˈsõ.bɾa/

safirakey

May 30 2014, 21:17:34 UTC 10 months ago

Czech:
whisper - šepot (she - pot)
to whisper - šeptat (shep - tat)
shadow - stín (I am not able to transcript this, sorry - try Google for hearing it)

luciusmistress

May 31 2014, 01:14:07 UTC 10 months ago

Finnish:

a whisper - kuiskaus (kwis-kows)
to whisper - kuiskata (kwis-kah-tah)
shadow - varjo (vaR-yoh) (we roll our Rs)

My browser hates IPA, so the "transcripts" are the closest approximations I could come up with on the spot, assuming they're read aloud by a native English speaker with a fairly standard accent.

eigi

June 4 2014, 23:11:19 UTC 10 months ago

Estonian:
whisper (noun) - sosin (soh-sin)
whisper (verb) - sosistama (soh-sis-tah-mah)
shadow - vari (vahri, i as in sister)