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Poll Results: How do YOU pronounce Elena? (Or which is closest?)

 
  • 81% (156)
    Uh-LAY-nuh or Eh-LAY-nuh
  • 4% (9)
    Uh-LEE-nuh or Eh-LEE-nuh
  • 13% (26)
    Another way
191 Total Votes  
post #21 of 35
UH-lay-na

I know four Alicias. One pronouces it A-lee-seeya (a lovley little latina), another A-li-sha (an Irish-American friend of mine) and two A-lee-shas (one black, one white backgrounds unknown). So whenever I encounter an Alicia, I ask about pronounciation..
post #22 of 35
I pronounce Alicia Ah-leash-uh.

My step sister is Ukrainian and her name is Olena Oh-Lane-Uh. I like that variation too.
post #23 of 35
In Spanish we have two names, Elena and Elina, so obviously the pronounciations follow that difference. Having said that, "Elena" is said /eh-LEN-nah/ for me (and "Elina" is /eh-LEE-nah/)
post #24 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sol_Solved View Post
In Spanish we have two names, Elena and Elina, so obviously the pronounciations follow that difference. Having said that, "Elena" is said /eh-LEN-nah/ for me (and "Elina" is /eh-LEE-nah/)
:

Eh-LEE-nuh
post #25 of 35
I chose other b/c I would think it would be Ell-en-a, which is pretty.

I think the other is Al-ee-sha.
post #26 of 35
I voted for the first option, but that's not entirely accurate. My eldest sister is Elena, and we generally say (ee-LAY-nuh).

She gets (uh-LAY-nuh) or (eh-LAY-nuh) quite a bit, also, but she (and her closest friends/family) say it with more of a long "e" sound.
post #27 of 35
I pronounce it

E (like the letter) - Lay -Na
post #28 of 35
I voted Uh-LAY-nuh.

My name is Alayna, pn the same way as above and people always try to spell my name with an E...

Alayna
post #29 of 35
I would pronounce it e-LAY-na bc I had a student named Elena and that is how she pronounced it. She was from Russia. If it's of Spanish origin, it would be pronounced the same way, as PPs have said.

I'm big on the language thing, but I know it doesn't matter to a lot of people.
post #30 of 35
I would say "uh-LA-nuh".
post #31 of 35
I'd pronounce it the Spanish way.
post #32 of 35
I ask

I had several friends at university who were greek, and E-ley-na (stress on the second syllable.) I also have an Italian friend, who is El-ena (stress on the first syllable.)
post #33 of 35
My sister's name is Alana. We pronounce it Ah-lay-na. But technically that's not right. Should be Ah-la-na.

So for Elena, I would say Ee-lay-na.
post #34 of 35
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

Thanks for the responses, everyone. FWIW, dh and I would both pronounce it the first way, but my mom pronounced it the second way, leading to the discussion.
post #35 of 35
Uh-LAY-nuh or Eh-LAY-nuh

and for Alicia
i know a A-lee-sha
and a A-lee-see-uh
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