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How to correctly pronounce the names of brands of Scotch whisky?

…we must begin with the fact that the Scottish brand [of whiskey] call “terror” of not only those who do not know English. Even those for whom English is their native language, do in the name of a lot of errors. This is true, and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We’ll see what’s what.

In General, there is nothing surprising in the fact that these names are wrong. This occurs most often because they have Gaelic [gaelic] roots. Gaelic-English [modern] still very different.


How to pronounce such names correctly in Russian? Let’s start with the important things like accented. We select a thick font of the letters, which drops the accent [or more stress] in the word. Some examples?

For example, writing [single malt] glenvAnddikh, we will mean the accent on the second syllable, and writing About thehuntOnShen would mean the accent on the two syllables: the first and the third. As you know, in English and Gaelic] accent floating and may, in one word to form the so-called steps [stairs].

So there you go..

aberfeldy = AburferLDI [name of city]
aberlour = AndBerlAndware [name of city]
ailsa bay = AndLSA Bay
ardbeg = Andgbag [small toe]
an ardbeg oa = Andgbag EN Onand [name of the region on the island of Islay]
ardbeg corryvreckan = Andgbag coevreKen
auchentoshan = AbouthuntAboutShen [field on the edge]
aultmore = ALTMOnR [large Creek]
balblair = balleR [a farm on the plains]
ballechin = Balerhin
balvenie = of Balviuhno
benriach = benrAndOh
benromach = banr ofAboutMach
bowmore = BOMAboutR
bruichladdich = brucklAnddi
bruichladdich octomore = brucklAnddi Ontomor
bunnahabhain = a BooneAndwines [mouth of river]
caol ila = number AndLa [sound — Islands — Islay]
cardhu = KAndRDU [black rock]
chivas regal = WAndyou RAndGal
cragganmore = kragensOnR [high rock]
craigellachie = CraigeLAHI [rocky hill]
dalmore = dAndLOR
dailuaine = gaveun
dalwhinnie = gavemino
edradour = edradAndware
glen garioch = Glen g, Andri the [name of location]
scotia glen = Glen SKOnSha
glenallachie = GlenAndlachi [rocky valley]
glendronach = glandOnnah
glenfiddich = glenvAnddikh [deer valley]
glenglassaugh = glangAndwith
glenkinchie = GlancAndNCI [the name of the valley]
glenlivet = GlennAndVit [valley of the river of Live]
glenmorangie = GlennOnrange [valley of peace]
glenmorangie quinta ruban = GlennOnrange toAndNTA RUBAndn
glenrothes = Glenn ofAboutthис [th = thud]
inchmurrin = INMHaveRin [name of island]
kilchoman = calhOnman
kilchoman machir bay = calhOnman mAndHeer beth
kilchoman sanaig = calhAbouta man withuhnig
laphroaig = LFRAboutg
lagavulin = LahavHavethe lyna [mill valley]
ledaig = LechAndg
macallan = MakAlen
mortlach = mOnrtlich
knockdhu anCnoc = nocdFrom eNOC
oban = AboutBen [little Bay]
port askaig = port Andskig
pulteney = pHaveltni
royal brachla = pOate brAndCL
strathisla = страthAndyla [th = thud]
talisker = tAndLisker
tamnavulin = tabnavHavethe lyna [mill hill]
te bheag = thAndg
tomatin = TomAndtin

Sounds a and x

It is easy to notice the sound of ch modern Scots is pronounced differently in different words. Consistency in the pronunciation sometimes is present, but clear rules on this issue no. For example, the lake Loch Ness is pronounced Loto Carrying it with sound to, but, of course, if you say Lox Nes, you will understand without problems.

The results

We have presented only some examples of the pronunciation of the famous [and not so] brands. It is clear that distilleries in Scotland are much more, however, using these relatively simple rules, it is possible to read almost any name. If you are interested in any other pronunciation or accent that we missed in this article then leave your comments below, and we will analyze them in detail.

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