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How to say: Vojislav Šešelj

08:59 UK time, Friday, 1 December 2006

A weekly guide to names and words in the news from Catherine Sangster of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

Today's pronunciation is the Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Šešelj, currently on trial in The Hague. We recommend the pronunciation VOY-iss-laf SHESH-el. In Baltic and Slavic languages, the háček or caron (the v-shaped symbol) changes the pronunciation of s to sh: e.g. Milošević, which should be pronounced mi-LOSH- not mi-LOSS-.

(For a guide to our phonetic pronunciations, click here.)


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