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Starfleet Engineer January 9 2009 09:41 PM

Dune pronunciation question
 
I'm reading Dune and was wondering how you pronounce "Bene Gesserit."

backstept January 9 2009 09:46 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
like benny jezerit? :lol:

couldn't have picked something else like Thufir or Sardaukar? hehe

anway. . . I suppose the films would have the correct pronounciations

Ptrope January 9 2009 09:47 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
"Benny Jesserit"

But I spell "relief" R-O-L-A-I-D-S :D

Smiley January 9 2009 10:02 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
Dune has a few ambiguous or difficult pronunciations. I don't think there's a way to pronounce "Tleilaxu" that sounds cool.

George Steinbrenner January 9 2009 10:25 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
Quote:

Starfleet Engineer wrote: (Post 2485056)
I'm reading Dune and was wondering how you pronounce "Bene Gesserit."

I always thought it was ben-AY GES-ser-uht. That's how it is in the David Lynch film, at any rate.

MeanJoePhaser January 10 2009 04:08 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
It's actually pronounced just like the Elton John song.

Bene & the Gesserits

Hey kid, stick your hand in the box
The gom jabar's on your jugglar
And you'll be deader than Redd Foxx
If you take it out
So please stick around
You're gonna feel flesh-eating pain
Screamin' walls of sound

Say, Leto and Jess, have you seen them yet
But they're so spaced out, Bene Gesserit
Oh but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh Jessy she's really keen
She's got a fat evil father and a still suit
You know I read it in a magazine
Bene Gesserit

Hey kids, plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
But Bene makes them ageless
We shall survive, let us take our female flock
Where we fight the Fremen out in the dunes
To find out who's the Kwisatz Haderach

Temis the Vorta January 10 2009 04:34 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
My take: Bennay Jess-er-et. Stress on first syllables.

Tom Hendricks January 11 2009 04:46 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I would take the pronunciations from the movie and not the miniseries. Frank Herbert was actually involved with the movie and I believe those pronunciations to be correct. One of my biggest annoyance with the mini-series was the pronunciation of Harkonnen. Every time someone said Harkonnen in the mini-series, it was like listening to nails on a chalk board.

TigerOfDarkness January 11 2009 02:55 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I was learning German at school when I first read Dune and "pronounced" Sardauker as if it was German. Some years later a friend and I had an argument about how the names were pronounced and he particularly objected that.

Personally, I think it's Ben-ay (rhymes with day) Jes-er-rit.

Quote:

Smiley wrote: (Post 2485163)
Dune has a few ambiguous or difficult pronunciations. I don't think there's a way to pronounce "Tleilaxu" that sounds cool.

I thought T'lie-lax-oo was OK.

The Mirrorball Man January 11 2009 06:12 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I pronounce it as if it were latin: Bennay Gesserit (with a hard "g", not a "j" sound).

Not that it really matters. I can't speak Galach.

Tpring February 17 2010 07:47 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I agree with the annoying way the Dune Mini-Series tried everything to be "anti original movie" such as pronouncing Harkonnen "hark enen".

If they had even read the original books, the Harkonnens took their name from the town of Harko on Geidi Prime.

Ben-A Jesserit (accent on the second syllable A).

Asbo Zaprudder February 17 2010 08:16 PM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I've read that Frank Herbert took the name from the legal Latin phrase "quamdiu se bene gesserit" -- "as long as he/she shall have behaved well". If that's the case, it should probably be pronounced "benneh gesserit" with the stress on the first syllable of each word, and a hard "g" (as in "gutteral") rather than a soft "g" (as in "gem").

AJBryant February 18 2010 12:27 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I twitch like crazy every time I hear "Muad D'ib" pronounced "mwaDIB." Dammit, those are two words. It's Muad D'ib. That's Mooahd. Dib. There are TWO Ds, one at the end of the first word, one at the beginning of the second. It's the same sound you get in "bad dog." You don't say "badog."

Oh, and it's not "Chain-ee". It's CHAHN-ee."

Kirkman1987 February 18 2010 01:39 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
I use the pronunciations used in the Lynch film. I saw that before reading the book, so it kinda stuck.

The Wormhole February 18 2010 04:21 AM

Re: Dune pronunciation question
 
The DVD of the Lynch movie has a booklet that includes definitions and pronounciations Dune terms. It comes in quite handy.

One thing that always got me, how is the name Leto supposed to be pronounced? The movie pronounces it Lee-to, while the mini pronounces it Lay-to.

Personally, I prefer Lay-to, as it sounds cooler, but was curious what thoughts everyone else had on this matter.


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