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Ghyslain Raza is the infamous "Star Wars Kid".
-- RedFox742  5/23/2006
Pronounced zheez-LEnH. [noted -ed]
-- Mackadal  2/18/2009
The H makes the G hard in French, so the pronunciation is closer to gees/geez-LEHN.
-- Gen Eng Blu Ros  6/14/2009
Actually, it's more like Gil-ANN in France. I have two French cousins with the name.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2009
The French pronunciation is Ghee-Leh'. Gh is a hard G, the S in silent, and the "ain" is a nasal sound. [noted -ed]
-- Nom de Plume  9/20/2011
In the movie Domicile Conjugale (Bed and Board), the 4th installment in Francois Truffaut's Antoine Doinel cycle, Antoine's wife wants to name their first child Ghislain. Antoine pretends to agree, but instead registers the baby under the name he prefers: Alphonse.
-- Nom de Plume  9/20/2011
This is my given name. I have met a number of people in Ontario and Quebec with this name. In High School I had two friends with the same name who were nicknamed Jess or Jesse so I inherited the name Jesse by association. I heard that the name Jesse means "gift". I like that, but having found out the meaning of Ghislain, I even prefer this. When I hear my names, I hear "pledge" or "vow" as well as "gift". All in all, I am truly blessed and highly favored.
-- Jesslacoursiere  7/17/2016
My name is Ghislain and the pronunciation in French is a soft G pronounced like the French letter J. To help pronounce the first part of the name, clench your teeth together and speak the g with the French letter I which sounds like and English E. Like the actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, but instead of an a put an English e Zse Zse. So add the s to sound Zses and the end is similar to lay. This end is more difficult to explain, since I can't think of any English word that is exactly like it. I might try at another date.
-- Jesslacoursiere  7/17/2016
Makadal's explanation is close.
-- Jesslacoursiere  7/17/2016

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