How do you pronounce “Jaschek?”

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Q&A with Walt Jaschek about the pronunciation of “Jaschek.” Good luck.

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Q. How do you pronounce Jaschek?

A. Well, much of my family here in the U.S., including parents, pronounces the “s-c-h” combination as an “s” sound, like ja-sic, with a short “a” sound, as if to rhyme with “classic.”

Q. But you do not pronounce it that way?

A. No.

Q. Why is that? 

A. During college, I started to embrace that odd “sch” consonant combination as a “shhhhh” sound, like the “sch” in Schwab or Dr. Scholls or Anheuser Busch, makers of Busch Light, thinking that this would actually help pronunciation, not hinder.

Q. So did it help, then?

A. Not at all.

Q. Is it true that your high school gym teacher would call you “JAZZ-check” in a high-pitched nasal, and that you felt that “JAZZ-check” was some alternate version of yourself that ran laps in a jock?

A. That is true. How did you get that information?

Q. We hear things.

A. Hmmm.

Q. Do you often see your name misspelled as Jassik, Jasik, Jashek, Jaschek or Yashek?

A. It’s like you’re reading my mind.

Q. You know, in its original, Germanc language, the “j” would be pronounced like a “y.” 

A. True.

Q. So you do it that way?

A. I can’t really yustify that. I mean, justify that.

Q. So, in that case: how DO you pronounce “Jaschek”?

A. Me?

Q. Yes. 

A. I have no idea.

Q. [Sigh.] 

A: I was hoping you knew.

[SFX: Muted trombone.]

Walt Jaschek pronounces life “fun.”

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