To Pronounce Pensgard in Norwegian
one expects you to actually use this pronunciation in English,
the same alphabet that Americans use except for the following
special characters (letters):
contains one of these unusual characters... the last one listed above. It is called
"A-Ring". So, "Pensgard" is not technically
the correct spelling of the name. It is correctly spelled with an
A-Ring as the 6th letter.
the "GARD" ending is spelled with two A's in a row
"GAARD" when Scandinavian names are transliterated into
English. This signals that an A-Ring is in the original word.
This letter can be pronounced two ways, as a long or short vowel. A very clear distinction is made between long and short
vowels in Norwegian; long vowels should be very, very long, and short vowels are quite clipped.
When a word ends with
"rd", the preceding vowel is lengthened, and the d is not pronounced.
For example - JORD" (WAVE format) (This
word means "earth"; click the link to hear it pronounced
by a native Norwegian).
the A-Ring in "Pensgard" is a very long vowel. It sounds
like the "O" in "VOTE"... but you hold it for
Another letter that may give us some trouble is the "S".
It should be pronounced like an "S" not a "Z".
R's are rolled in Norwegian. However, in combination with
"D" at the end of a word, the "R" is only
rolled once... not repeatedly. So, since the "D" is
silent, the resulting sound is something like "oooh-rth".
This is not a normal sound for English speakers to make.
It All Together
first three letters are pronounced normally.
"S" is pronounced like an "S" in
"G" is pronounced normally.
A-Ring is pronounced like an English "O"; a
"R" is slightly rolled once; the "D" is
Listen to me
pronounce "Pensgard" several times in a row in this
Pronounce "Pensgard" (MP3 format)