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anne
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how to pronounce name

does anyone know how to pronounce the name "siw"???
any help with the phonetics or anything would really help me...
thanks

Post Thu May 08, 2003 6:24 pm 
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AM
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Usually the letter W in names is pronounced exactly like a V. The "Si" part would be pronounced like the English word "see", so just add a V to that and you've got it right.

Post Thu May 08, 2003 6:59 pm 
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Shazzer
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According to my Swede...

...it's nomally written with a single "v" and is pronounced like the English word sieve. Or...if it's easier...think of the word "sleeve" without the 'L'.
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It can also be spelled Sif, e.g., the famous actress Sif Ruud. Pronunciation in standard Swedish: like English 'see' plus a sound between English 'v' and 'w' (i.e., like a Swedish 'v'): 'see-v'.

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Isn't the English word sieve pronounced with a short i? Look here:

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sieve


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Shazzer
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You may be right...

I regularly hear it pronounced both ways. In any case...it was not the best example I could have used! Embarassed
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No problem! I was just hoping I wasn't going crazy! Smile


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LOL! I grew up in Indiana where folks tend to have their own pronunciations for lots of words. Wink
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quote:
Originally posted by Shazzer:
LOL! I grew up in Indiana where folks tend to have their own pronunciations for lots of words. Wink


LOL I know what you mean....

"warsh"= wash
"acrost"=across
"crick"= creek
"shoder"=shoulder

Especially in the southern tip of Indiana, where I am from, you get that Kentucky accent too.
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I met my Swedish husband online and for 3 years pronounced his last name, which is Weijers, "weejers". Only after talking to him on the phone the first time did i realize that it was pronounced "wvayers" I was embarrassed and told him that I would be the first person in the world that could not pronounce my own name Laughing

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americanangel: I met my Swedish husband online and for 3 years pronounced his last name, which is Weijers, "weejers".

It doesn't look like a Swedish name, so why not? It looks kind of German though, so the "correct" pronunciation would be:
[vai--jers] (Swedish phonetics) i.e.
[vi--yers] (English phonetics).

americanangel: Only after talking to him on the phone the first time did i realize that it was pronounced "wvayers" ...

No, it should be [wvay--esh], where [wv] denotes a sound which is between English 'v' and 'w' (i.e., like Swedish 'v').

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