I'm working on something related to the standalone BOFII soundtrack and I'm having a hard time finding proper pronunciations of the names of certain composers.
1. Yuko Takehara
The first name is said "You-ko" if I'm correct, not Yoh-ko like Yoko in Yoko Shimomura.
Her last name really has me stumped... if it was spelled "Takahara" I'd be good, but I don't know how to say that e just right. All the tips on the internet I read said the vowel "e" is said like the "e" in "get" but I'm having a hard time isolating that sound for some reason.
Is the "ke" said like the end of a word like shiitake as in shiitake mushrooms?
Is it Ta-kay-har-a or Ta-kee-har-a? or are both wrong?
Last there is Mari Yamaguchi. The last name is no problem on this one; Yamaguchi is a common last name that even those unfamiliar with the language and sound out, that's no problem. But with the first name, that's a short i sound, correct?
It's mar-eye not mar-eee? Or is there something I missed on this one.
Sorry in advance if I butchered the language, but again, I'm trying to learn how to say them correctly.
If anyone could help me out and give me some pointers I'd greatly appreciate it.