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  1. #1
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    Pronouncing Vasilissa the Beautiful

    Or Vasilisa.. I read shr is a rare name but common in old tales. What do you think of her?

  2. #3
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    vah-see-lease-uh, I think (vah-see + lisa). You can find the pronunciation on Forvo. Search Василиса (it's the Russian spelling).

    It's gorgeous but it'd be mispronounced all the time.
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    I'm more familiar with the spelling as Basilissa or Basilla. She was a saint born into a Roman noble family in the 3rd century. She was beheaded because she was a Christian convert and refused to marry a pagan nobleman. I would pronounce it the same way as casilda has stated in the previous post but with a "bah" in front of it.
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  4. #7
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    I pr. The same way as @casilda pronounced it. I think it's a gorgeous name.my name is very similar (Vassiliki).

    Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn

    Anything or anyone that doesn't bring you alive

    Is too small for you

    DAVID WHYTE

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