I'm currently watching the Reef Shot Quick Look, and have heard Patrick pronounce it "Des-SUR-ra". Found it rather odd, since I've always thought it pronounced "des(u)-ra" (weeaboo that I am). Then again, this is an Internet service that exists pretty much only in text (as far as I can tell), so I'm not even sure what the "official" pronounciation would be. Anybody else want to weigh in on this?
I've never said it out loud but I imagine it sounding like
Des as in desert
ur as in a oohr sound
ah as in uh or between the two
but I'm an American and we apparently can't pronounce words
also kind of how an American would pronounce the name Desiree but instead of the hard A it's an uh
Well, according to that video, the s is apparently pronounced like zh. Similar to the j in French, as in Jacques. Wikipedia tells us that this is known as the "voiced palato-alveolar fricative."
So in order to pronounce Desura:
De: as in desk
zhr: as in de jure
uh: as in under
If only there was a simple way to represent every sound in spoken language with a single symbol for each, but then we'd have millions of symbols. As long as language is confusing, we will continue to pronounce words like Desura incorrectly.
@gruebacca: There is, the phonetic alphabet. It's the one with the funny symbols no uses :)