How to write foreign words and names? That is something which could bring problems to new users. The title of this article is in English to simplify it for beginners.

The Gothic language has a certain alphabet made by Wulfila based on Greek, Latin and likely runes. In this alphabet, the phonology of Gothic is similar to Greek. English words however, like the English names of actors, presidents and singers might give problems. Here you'll find a list with the way in which you can transcribe English names into Gothic and also the way to transcribe words and names of other languages. Let's take a look:


Gothic vowels𐌹𐌽𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌴𐌹

Gothic Sound Example Pronunciation
πŒ°π… /au/ π€πŒ°π…πŒ»πŒΏπƒ /pau.lus/
𐌴𐌹 /iː/ πŒ°πŒΉπŒ»πŒ΄πŒΉπŒ°πŒΉπŒΆπŒ°πŒΉπ‚ /ɛːl.iː.ɛːz.iːr/
𐌰𐌹 /Ι›/ πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒΏπƒ /Ι›r.uːs/
𐌰𐌿 /ɔː/ πŒ°πŒΏπŒ½πŒΉπƒπŒΉπŒΌπŒΏπƒ /ɔːːs/
𐍉 /oː/ πŒΉπŒ°πŒΊπ‰πŒ±πŒΏπƒ /i.a.koː.buːs/

Notable English conversions to Gothic𐌹𐌽𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌴𐌹

English Sound Gothic
sh, "shoe" /Κƒ/ πƒπŒΎ
j, "jack"

g, "garage"

dg, "hedge"

/dΝ‘Κ’/ 𐌳𐌾
o, "hot" /Ι‘/ 𐌰𐌿
o, "hope" /o/ 𐍉
ow, "how" /aʊ/ πŒ°π…
y, "yes"

Not "meany"

/j/ πŒΉπ‰

Here are the equivalents of certain popular names into Gothic, English name doesn't mean that a name is originally English, it can include Hebrew names for example, it's just called like this because the list includes popular names with the way how they are used in English:

English name Gothic equivalent

Elizer Aileiaizair

James Iakobus

John Iohannes

Joses Iosezis

Mary Marja

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