|Maggie Gyllenhaal (Photo from Wikipedia)|
I was visiting my parents recently and they like her movies as well and during a conversation we had a question, “Actually, how do you pronounce her surname?” We see it all the time in movies, on DVD boxes, etc... but we didn’t really know how to pronounce it.
My solution – Wikipedia! The article displays the phonetic spelling of her surname: /ˈdʒɪlənhɔːl/
The /dʒ/ like the beginning of the word ‘jeans’.
The /ɪl / like we say the word ‘ill’, a synonym for sick.
The /ən/ with the /ə/ sound, the neutral sound that is everywhere in the English language. Often in literature you will see this work ‘Uh’ which is just a sound that we use to show that we are thinking and need more time to think in a conversation.
The /hɔːl/ like the word ‘hall’ or similar to /hɔːs/ like the word ‘horse’.
So there is her surname. Gyllenhaal = /ˈdʒɪlənhɔːl/. I'm a native English speaker and the fastest way I found to get the pronunciation was by using the phonetics. They can be useful for everyone.
Take a look at this interactive phonetic chart from Macmillan publishing to help you understand phonetics better. I also recommend taking another look at this excellent short video that explains the phonetic chart.