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  1. #16
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    I'v not long turned 21

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    Aaliyah - Ah-Leah.

    As someone who grew up learning Arabic, it drives me mad when people actually think "uh-lee-uh" is the correct pronunciation of Aaliyah.
    It's "Ahh-liyah", emphasis on the Ahh, like you're opening your mouth for a doctor, in the English-speaking accent. Really and truly, it's a nasily "Ah" in the proper Arabic pronunciation, but most Westerners can't make that sound, let alone comfortably.

    A simple way to explain is the name is the female form of the Arabic male name Ali meaning "lofty, high", so the first syllable sounds like Ali, followed by a "ah" sound.
    Like Natalia with out the Nat-.
    Laurel - 21 - Aries - Slytherin - University of Toronto





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    Thank you east93. I never though uh-lee-uh would even be considered as a pronunciation either. Ah-Liyah/Leah (the english version on Liyah) is how I would pronounce this also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellymarie1992 View Post
    Thank you east93. I never though uh-lee-uh would even be considered as a pronunciation either. Ah-Liyah/Leah (the english version on Liyah) is how I would pronounce this also.
    Very welcome.

    Oh yeah, I have two cousins named Aliyah, and have had a class mate, and have a student who say it "uh-lee-uh" or "ah-lee-uh" with emphasis on the second syllable, instead of the more rhythmic "ahh-liyah" where the emphasis is on the first syllable.
    It's a pretty sound, but it's not the right sound.
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  5. #24
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    I personally prefer Ahh-liyah anyway.

    It might not be as bad as i'm thinking of having it as a middle name due to having a Amy-Louise already i'm not a fan of 2 A names as first names

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