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How is "Hergé" pronounced?

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#1 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 15:33
I forget which company did the infamous "Hergé's Adventures of Tintin" one, teaching a whole generation to pronounce the Master's name 'Her-jay' when it's in fact 'Air-shay' (a common mistake which drives me mad!).
Whoever they are, they have a lot to answer for!
#2 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 15:59
Can I own up to saying 'Herjay'? I think it's fine for an English accent, the other (more correct, I agree) pronunciation is if you say it with a French accent... non?
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#3 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 16:01
I have to admit to saying "Herjay" too, although whenever I did any speaking assignments for French which featured Tintin, it was always the French "Air-shay" (with the little throat noise slightly audible !).
#4 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 16:34
I just had reason to say 'Hergé' on the phone (and that doesn't happen very often), and noticed that actually I do drop the 'H'... "Er-jay", probably my wife's influence...

#5 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 17:48
I hold up my hand to saying HER-JAY, the way the announcer used to boom it out on the Belvision though, wouldn't sound as good if he said Arjay.

I will continue to say it the way I have done otherwise I'd be opening up a can of worms and pronouncing all sort of Herge related stuff in French (tan-tan for example)

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#6 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 18:11 · Edited by: tintinuk
I also say "Air-shay", which just sort of happens without any thought. I suppose if I didn't speak any French, I'd say 'Herjay", although I do say "Tin tin", rather than tan-tan, so I'm a bit of a mixed batch ! :)
#7 · Posted: 21 Mar 2005 21:18
I admit, I say air-shay sometimes, er-shay others and "Herdge" the rest,as in, "Her" ( "her name is...") then just "ge", (as in "dodge").
I didn't know people said it any other way until I saw 'Tintin and I', then I started saying er-shay...
Gerry Alanguilan
#8 · Posted: 12 Oct 2005 08:51
I admit, I say air-shay sometimes, er-shay others and "Herdge" the rest

I've been curious for a long time how "Hergé" is properly pronounced - and there are now so many different variations! Is it herj, or her-jay, or is it erj or er-jay?

#9 · Posted: 12 Oct 2005 11:24
hair-sheh (,_like the 'j" in the bonjour).
#10 · Posted: 13 Oct 2005 05:17
Like arjeh with the accent on the second syllable and the "r" sound held down...

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