How Do You Say My Name?

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  1. Mari North

    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    This has been wondering me ever since I found the forum... I've wondered how people pronounce Mari. (Can't help it, I love language!) :) And then I realized that I couldn't really get a descriptive answer "in writing" anyhow. (Explained below.)

    Okay, in my northeast US "accent" it's kind of like the "ar" in "far." M "are" ee. It's NOT NOT NOT like "Mary." I could definitely never be a Mary. I want to say the closest would be like "Mauri."

    I wanted to first say it's also close to "marry/Harry" but that would be my northeast marry/Harry and then I realized that some people's "marry/Harry" is exactly the same as my "Mary"... and Harry sounds like hairy in certain parts of the country." hehe Oh the troubles connected with loving the written and spoken word! :confused:

    How do YOU say my name? (and in what regional "accent?")
     
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    I've always pronounced it like...Marry (that's with a flat A...not AY as in Hairy... )..

    I say it in a Scottish accent the name Mhairi .. is a Celtic name...and a very popular name here in the UK especially in Scotland and Ireland and despite the strange spelling is pronounced Marry...
     
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    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    Thank you, @Holly Saunders ! I like that!
     
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    I say it like you said you say it. I don't know what my accent is...Ive been all over the US except the south. My growing up years were in the northeast though.
     
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    @Mari North , I have looked at your name and wondered the same thing. What I came up with is Ma like Pa, (like in Ma and Pa Kettle) and then Ri is pronounced like the first to letter in reason.

    I have to admit that most of my life, I have wondered why people can't get my name right. I get called Ena, Ana, Inna, or Anna, but not Ina. It is pronounced like eye-na. If someone gets it wrong over and over I will asked them what they would say for Ida, Ima, Iva, or Ira. They will get those right.
     
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    Hi Mari, what an interesting subject. As a southwestern Canuck, I pronounce your name, Mar ee, slightly elongated first syllable, (which rhymes with bar,) clipped ee.
     
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    I've always pronounced your name Ina...like eye- na...simply because the generation before me (my fathers' generation) it was a popular name in Scotland...I had an auntie Ina.. :)
     
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    Well I know I was pronouncing it wrong and that's why I was spelling it wrong in another post too. Sorry about that. And thanks for letting us know how you do pronounce it. :)
     
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    I've been pronouncing it "Mare- EEEEE".
     
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    :) I've always "seen" your name like "eye-na", @Ina I. Wonder . I can see how someone could think it may be Ena or Inna, but it never occurred to me that it could be anything but eye-na.
     
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    That's the way, @Sacheen BrightEagle , yes. :) And it's nice to meet you... we haven't spoken yet.
     
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    Nothing to be sorry about, @Babs Hunt ... I'm sure I've been called worse. ;)
     
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    I have a friend whose daughter is named Mari, and she pronounces her name just like it was spelled "Mary", so that is how I have been pronouncing it in my mind.
    I used to have a beautiful arabian, and her name was "Casmiriah" and we called her Mary for short, or sometimes Mariah, which is closer to how you promounce Mari. If you remember the song, "They Call the Wind Mariah", that is how we pronounced her name.

    Yvonne is also one of those names that get pronounced every which way, not to mention being called Evelyn or Elaine instead.
    My mom always called me Ya-vonne (accent last syllable). My dad used to call me Bonnie , and he would sing to me the song "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean", which I loved. I thought the sun rose and set on my Daddy; so anything he called me would have been perfect.
    Friends call me Von or Vonnie, and people who don't know me will usually pronounce it E-vonne (accent first syllable), or Yah-vonne.
    When I was growing up, I could always tell if someone was a friend of my mom or my dad, by the name that they called me, either Yvonne or Bonnie.
     
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    Oh, @Yvonne Smith , we'll simply have to wash your mind out with soap. I'm definitely not Mary material. :D
     
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    Mari, thanks so much for the welcome. Delighted to meet you also. Salut!
     
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    I would say "Mar-ree" rather in the way that Holly has indicated above. The Scottish Gaelic name Mhàiri should, if applied correctly, be pronounced with a 'v' sound for the 'Mh' at the beginning.

    On the subject of pronunciation, I always thought my surname was a very basic one, being of a single syllable, yet I have had a number of people pronounce it as 'Lockey.' My response is to ask how these people would pronounce the name Clarke.

    My favourite came in a hotel in Slovenia when we were on holiday there. The person at reception addressed me as "Mr Lotchka," which I rather liked. It was perfectly logical - in Slavic languages, 'c' is soft. On my Russian visa, my name was translated into Cyrillic as Lok, which is also entirely logical.
     
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    Lockey, eh? :) I find this whole subject very interesting. And it's not a simple matter of mispronunciation a lot of times, but rather of dialect. So, @Tom Locke , in Scottish Gaelic, my name would be more like "vah ree" if pronounced the same as "Mhàiri?"
     
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    That's right - the Irish name Niamh is pronounced "Neev." I remember one day having to phone someone with that name who worked for the old Irish phone company Eircell (I worked in IT support and they were a client) and she was really happy when I pronounced her name right. She told me that almost everyone pronounced it wrong.
     
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    In Hungarian the C is followed by a "s", CS is the ch sound, SZ is the s sound. They are in the alphabet that way. Nobody ever gets my last name right. Since it begins with the CS and also has the SZ in it. Plus they always accent the wrong syllable. My DIL comes close enough but even she doesn't say it the right way.
     
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    Of course, most languages make use of accents to aid pronunciation. English doesn't, which is one reason it's a difficult language to learn. The Cyrillic alphabet uses different letters for different sounds.

    Hungarian is a strange language because it's not related to those of its neighbours. Curiously, it's related to Finnish, which appears bewildering to most people outside of Finland and Estonia. Something else that I find interesting is that people tend to lump the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania together, but their languages and indeed cultures are very different.
     
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    Yes, it's strange that Hungarian isn't related to any Slavic languages. I've heard it's related to Finnish but I never really looked at the Finnish language to see.

    My sister recently had a cheek swab done for fun to see where we came from. Highest percentage was Eastern Europe and about 40% Scandanavian, also had 4% Asian. Although my DNA would be slightly different than my sisters since we're not identical twins, I'm sure it's close.
     
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    The Finns and Estonians simply can't get enough vowels. Scrabble sets in those countries must have extra tiles to accommodate all the vowels.

    Even words that are very obvious to English speakers seem to find room for another vowel, so if you're going out for a drink, you need to find a 'baar.'
     
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    By way of evidence, a quick photo from Tallinn.

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    Mari seems simple to me...Mar like Bar..then EEE....or rhymes with Sari. Lovely name :)

     
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    Seems like it should be, @Karen McKenzie , but it's not. Even that "Sari" that you typed is said like "sorry" and "sayer-ee" depending where one is from. "Mar like bar" and eeee is how I prefer it, but just as many people say it like marry... which is fine, too, but I have a real problem with "Mary" and a less but still existing problem with "Marie." Then again, some places say "marry" the same as "Mary" so those people will have no idea what I'm talking about. :)

    Oh, and MY "Harry" doesn't sound like hairy and my "Larry" doesn't sound like "layer-ee" and my "Gary" doesn't sound like "Geary" but it does from a lot of regional dialects.
     
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