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#1 jessiesgirl

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:10 AM

Chantel, or have I sometimes seen it spelt Chantal?

I have a mental block with this name - it is my neighbours, she greets me by name and I just can’t say her name back.  Cousin’s partner is the same, I have to refer to her as xx’s girlfriend.  I can not get it in my head.

#2 livelifelovehappy

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:14 AM


Edited by livelifelovehappy, 04 June 2018 - 11:14 AM.

#3 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:16 AM

French way is


But sometimes anglicised to Shan-tell

#4 Inkogneatoh

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:23 AM

I automatically went with Shan-tell, but I worked with a little girl and that's how her parents pronounced it.

#5 ~J_F~

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:29 AM

Shan - tell.

But that's because I have only know people who say it that way.

#6 BeAwesome

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:34 AM

Shon-tell with a posh accent
Shan-tell with an ocker accent

#7 **Xena**

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:37 AM

I say Shon-Tell

#8 hills mum bec

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:40 AM


#9 AliasMater

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:43 AM


#10 Mollycoddle

Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:50 AM


Fot Chantal I say Shan-tarl.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 04 June 2018 - 11:50 AM.

#11 jessiesgirl

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:02 PM

View PostMollycoddle, on 04 June 2018 - 11:50 AM, said:

Fot Chantal I say Shan-tarl.

OMG a third option depending on spelling!  

I was at high school with someone who pronounced it shonn-tarl - maybe that’s what the confusion stems from for me?

I think I struggle with “posh” vs “Ocker”  thanks beawesome.

#12 waylah

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:02 PM

maybe say shun-tell really quickly, because it's halfway between both and can be heard as either.

#13 paddington_

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:13 PM


#14 rosie28

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:20 PM

Shon-tell or Shan-tell. The former is probably more correct given the origin of the name. The latter probably more commonly used these days.

#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:30 PM

Shontell for me.

A bit off topic but when my cousin started school she came home one day and told my aunt she needed to take something to school for Chantal. My aunt asked if it was Chantal's birthday or something but cousin said no, she just needed to take something for Chantal. Cousin became quite distraught so aunt rang the school the next day. Turns out it was cousin's turn to bring something for Show and Tell.

#16 magic_marker

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

Say hello Shontal and she'll think you're either correct or posh. Winning!!!

#17 classic_chick

Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:55 PM

I know one Chantal (Shan-tahl) and one Chantelle (with the 'elle' sound)

#18 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 04 June 2018 - 01:13 PM

Shan-tell because that is how I’ve heard it.

(But then, the one I know spells it Shantelle)

#19 Fi Fy Fo Fum

Posted 04 June 2018 - 01:41 PM


#20 LucyBear1

Posted 04 June 2018 - 01:42 PM


But I've also heard it pronounced shon-tell

#21 SFmummyto3

Posted 04 June 2018 - 01:43 PM

View PostMollycoddle, on 04 June 2018 - 11:50 AM, said:


Fot Chantal I say Shan-tarl.

I know someone with an older daughter Chantal. It's spelled as above and they pronounce it Shan-tarl. Emphasis on the 'tarl' lol.

#22 Gudrun

Posted 04 June 2018 - 02:03 PM

Just google " Chantal pronunciation" to hear the 'correct' French with this correct spelling.

What the English speaking world has done to this name in both spelling and pronunciation probably outdoes all other French to English moves.

So I would ask each time both spelling and pronunciation. The odd one will be the original French. Many others will be something else.

Edited by Gudrun, 04 June 2018 - 02:03 PM.

#23 james_c

Posted 04 June 2018 - 02:40 PM

View PostVeritas Vinum Arte, on 04 June 2018 - 11:16 AM, said:

French way is


But sometimes anglicised to Shan-tell

There is no French way to say the name "Chantel", it does not exist in France, apart from the lingerie brand Chantelle maybe, each time I hear this name around I think someone is going to sell me panties. I wonder if it's some kind of mix up between Chantal and Chanel.
The name would be Chantal, and "a" and "e" sounds are very different in French, and I'm not sure there is a an easy way to describe the sound "an", I don't think it exists in English.
But my opinion is if you want to use some non-existing foreign names, be ready for people to mispronounce them and don't get upset. Just say it the way you want!

#24 seayork2002

Posted 04 June 2018 - 02:48 PM

View PostBeAwesome, on 04 June 2018 - 11:34 AM, said:

Shon-tell with a posh accent
Shan-tell with an ocker accent

This - usually the second one is screeched at kids when I hear it

#25 Imaginary friend

Posted 04 June 2018 - 03:00 PM

Have known several people called Chantel or Chantelle  

Both spellings have been pronounced Chan- tell
Chan ( rhymes with pan)
tell ( rhymes with bell)

The Ch as in Cheryl or Charmaine

Pretty name though bit out of fashion now.

Edited by Imaginary friend, 04 June 2018 - 03:26 PM.

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