Off topic: Pronunciation help with Italian name
Thread poster: spanruss
spanruss
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Sep 20, 2006

In a play I'm in right now, my Italian wife's name is "Aida". Being a Spanish speaker, I'm assuming the "ai" is a diphthong with the same pronunciation as its Latin cousin, Spanish. That would give it roughly the same sound as "eye" in "eyeball". Some of the actors want to pronounce it like the "ay" as in "pray", while some don't even pronounce it as a diphthong at all. This latter group pronounces it as "Ah-eeda". Which is correct?

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Spain
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AI like eye, yes Sep 20, 2006

spanruss wrote:

In a play I'm in right now, my Italian wife's name is "Aida". Being a Spanish speaker, I'm assuming the "ai" is a diphthong with the same pronunciation as its Latin cousin, Spanish. That would give it roughly the same sound as "eye" in "eyeball". Some of the actors want to pronounce it like the "ay" as in "pray", while some don't even pronounce it as a diphthong at all. This latter group pronounces it as "Ah-eeda". Which is correct?


Correct Ah- eeda not as in pray, yes as eye

have a nice day !!


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xxxsofiablu
Netherlands
Local time: 00:57
Yes Sep 20, 2006

Angioletta is right.
In Russian you could say "Аида".


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Maria Giulia La Rosa  Identity Verified
Italy
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Put the stress on the I Sep 20, 2006

If you pronounce it like "eye" you are likely to stress the "a" rather than the"i". But it would not be correct.

I think that the "Ah-eeda" solution is far better, as the "ee" sound gives the "i" the correct stress.


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