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  1. #1
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    KIRSTEN....how do you pronounce it?? Solve an argument :)

    Notwithstanding it always gets mistaken for Kristen. Which it's not. How do you pronounce Kirsten?

    Here in Australia we use a strong KER sound like curtain. So it's more like KER-STEN. However, I have never heard an American pronounce it this way. It seems they pronounce it with a silent R. As in KISS-TEN. However, I have met a girl who's name is Kiersten and she pronounced her name as KI-ISS-TEN.

    Solve an argument and tell me how you pronounce it - and if possible why?!
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    Kirsten= KUR STEN, Kiersten/Keirsten= KEER STEN

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    In Australia, we say Kurs-ten. Like curtain. In America, they say Keers-ten. I once saw Kirsten Dunst on Rove. He introduced her as Kurs-ten and she corrected him that it's Keers-ten. I remember thinking she was being pretentious, but later realised that's just how they pronounce Kirsten in America.
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    I've never heard it pronounced with a silent r in America. I've always heard it either Kur-stin or Keer-stin.

    According to the pronunciations on Forvo (here), it's pronounced the "American" way in Germany and Demark, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahmezz View Post
    In Australia, we say Kurs-ten. Like curtain. In America, they say Keers-ten. I once saw Kirsten Dunst on Rove. He introduced her as Kurs-ten and she corrected him that it's Keers-ten. I remember thinking she was being pretentious, but later realised that's just how they pronounce Kirsten in America.
    @sarahmezz that's actually how the argument started - over Kirsten Dunst's name. I think it is a pronunciation issue. As I always pronounced her name as Kurs-ten which, you're right, she pronounces it as Keeeers-ten. On that basis vie always wondered how Americans pronounce Kirsty. Would it be Keeers-ty? That just sounds a little odd compared to Kurs-ty.....
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