Originally Posted by masatisan
I've got a totally wild suggestion, give him a cool French name!
A good one along the lines of Jasper is "J'espoire" or "J'espoire-que-Oui" (meaning "I belive/hope" and "I hope yes (yes being parellel to "so" in the english saying)
It's pronounced jes-pair the "j" is the hardest because its soft, you almost have to make a "sh" and then roll it into a J sound, the middle is k like the "cu" in culture and the end "oui" is super easy just "we"
My horse is "Lui-Qui-Dis-Oui" it sounds like "lwe-key-dee-wee" (the whole thing rhymes) and it means something like "he who says yes"
Making up French names is fun because they sound cool and they're very unique.
Just wanted to say that I'm fluent (well, I used to be anyway... I've forgotten some of it) in French and that the names are really cute.
I would like to say that "I hope" is more accurately translated as "j'espère." "Espoir" is the noun form of the word hope, while "esperer" is the verb form. So conjugated, it would be "j'espère." It would be said the way you described: jes-paire.
"I believe" would be "je crois" - said like je cwah. E's in French make this funky "euh" sound. Like the "oo" in "hoof," actually.
On "Lui-qui-dis-oui," you would actually say the "s" on "dis" but it sort of links it to the next word. Everything in French slurs together, lol. They don't like to stop between words.
Really cute names! :]