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Thread: Eh-lay-na vs Elle-en-nah
May 15th, 2013 01:44 PM #21
Elena is NOT pronounced eh-lay-na in Spanish. The Spanish "e" makes an "eh" sound like the "e" in elephant. This pronunciation is like the link below. Click on the first "Elena"
Sorry, I realize I sound a bit harsh, but the "e" making an "ay" sound in Spanish is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. I'm really not trying to be mean.My Zoe ... My life
May 15th, 2013 02:17 PM #23Senior Member
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@Dindlee- I realize this, but "lay" is the closest approximation to the Spanish "e" that I could come up with. There really isn't an English equivalent, because the sound isn't quite "eh" either, and certainly not Ellen-uh. I've had trouble explaining it in the past- perhaps you have a better way to write it out or explain the sound.
That said, I stand behind my point- more people in my area are familiar with the Spanish pronunciation and I have far more often heard the accented version of that than Ellen-uh.
EDIT: just realized the "elephant" thing- I think in my accent, that trick doesn't work, but I can see how it would. Thanks!
Last edited by daisy451; May 15th, 2013 at 02:25 PM.
May 15th, 2013 02:27 PM #25
May 15th, 2013 02:58 PM #27
@daisy451- sorry. I spend all day teaching kids to speak Spanish... Sometimes it crosses over into my non-professional life. Elephant, egg, enter... That short e sound is the closest approximation to the Spanish e.
Sorry east93 didn't mean to take over your thread. My own name seems pretty straight forward, and I still have to spell it/ correct it for people. I think that these days, with all the kre8tiv spellings out there, correcting people on spelling and pronunciation is going to become unavoidable. Elena is a beautiful name no matter how you say it.My Zoe ... My life
May 15th, 2013 03:08 PM #29