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I am from Europe. DH is from the US.
With DS's name we chose an English first name and a German middle name (after my grandpa). With DD (due in September) I wanted to reverse it and go with a German first name and an English middle name (after DH's grandma) so her name would be Annika Ruby.
This works great for my family of course who can pronounce this much easier than DS's name - Duncan.
But DH is starting to tick me off with his insistance on making it more difficult than it has to be!
Annika is pronounced AH-nee-kah. If you want to hear it, here's a link:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
(He insisits that he hears the woman pronouncing it say Ae - like Anne and only I pronounce it AH.)
It's driving me crazy.
Is it REALLY that difficult?
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I hear it as "Ah" in that recording, but with a tiny bit of "Eh" as well (as in "enter"). I don't hear the short "a" as in Anne, though, at all.

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I have a cousin who named her baby Annika, as her mother is Dutch, I believe, and they also pronounce it with a Ah-sound.

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not difficult...its ah...ilove the name btw
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I understand what you mean. We had to give up on the name Elijah b/c I pronounce it with a hard "j" and DH says it with a soft "j."

It bothered me so much we just eliminated it.

I know an Annika and love the name!
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Our son's name is Wolfgang (dh German, I am US) and we get all kinds of interesting pronunciations. Most people are satisfied with just calling him Wolf, which is fine with both of us, but some people use the full name and pronounce it "Wolf-GONG". I just find it amusing. Wolf couldn't care less.

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Our son's name is Wolfgang (dh German, I am US) and we get all kinds of interesting pronunciations. Most people are satisfied with just calling him Wolf, which is fine with both of us, but some people use the full name and pronounce it "Wolf-GONG". I just find it amusing. Wolf couldn't care less.
I am totally okay with strangers, co-workers and acquaintances pronouncing it differently!
In fact my own name is Scandinavian as well and I often introduce myself using the US/English version to people I meet. No biggie. It really only matters to me when someone really close to me doesn't put the effort into saying it right. Does that make sense?
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I would automatically pronounce it "Ah ni ka" but not "Ah nee ka" I like it either way, would never even think of pronouncing it as "Ann" But there are parts of the US where "Ah and Ae" are not well distinguished and "Mary, Marry, and Merry" are all the same word.

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I understand what you mean. We had to give up on the name Elijah b/c I pronounce it with a hard "j" and DH says it with a soft "j."
I'm just curious where you are from that you pronounce Elijah with a hard J, I've never heard it that way and didn't know some people did.
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I'm just curious where you are from that you pronounce Elijah with a hard J, I've never heard it that way and didn't know some people did.
Just jumping in, My eldest is Elijah and everyone pronounces it with a soft J, except my Step Dad who says it with a hard J. Hes the only person Ive ever heard use the hard J, and honestly it just doesn't bother us. He also mispronounces DS2's middle name of Cian to sound like sea-ann, but I digress.

I love the name Annika, I would say Ah-ni-ka, beautiful!
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I've always heard it pronounced AH-nick-uh or AH-nick-ah. Never heard it with the "knee" second syllable.
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I think if it's driving you too nuts you might have to nix it. I personally would pronoune it Ann-icka unless I heard someone pronounce it differently. I like it better with the proper German pronunciation, though.

My dh pronounces Quentin's name as Quintin much of the time and it drives me nuts, too. I find myself correcting him sometimes.
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I know how you feel. We are also a European/American couple and it is sooooo hard to come up with names that are pronounced the same in both languages...but for us it is especially difficult with boys names! I'm due in a few weeks and we're looking at one syllable names now just to simplify! Good luck!

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I can only hear the ah pronounciation, get him a cd with the name said over and over and make him practice ! LOL
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I can only hear the ah pronounciation, get him a cd with the name said over and over and make him practice ! LOL
Good idea. I found out there's a Star Trek character named Annika Hansen. He loves to watch Star Trek and stuff like that. Maybe I will have to look for an episode where she appears a whole lot and gift him that!

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it actually was easy on the boy's name! DS' middle name is Johann and DH says it perfectly! Maybe we should call DD Johanna ...
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I love the name Annika! It was one of the top on my current baby name list! But sadly my hubby just does not think that it is "the" name. Anyway we pronounced it just like you. But that may be because I also know a few Annika's from my European travels (and my husband is from England).

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A former client had a daughter named Annika, pronounced Ah-nick-a, so that's how I would pronounce it unless told otherwise (but honestly, now days people make up their own pronunciations - and names - so I don't think there is really a WRONG way to say it....)

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I'm married to a midwesterner and sometimes the way he perceives and pronounces things can drive me crazy! I know, though, that he can't help it. Yup, it really *is* that hard for your husband to hear the difference between the ah and ae sounds. Some of it is probably due to what he heard when he was an infant, and some of it is probably his own individual ability or lack thereof to hear things. As babies, we lose the ability to distinguish between sounds that don't matter in our own language/dialect. Some of us are more sensitive to hearing those differences later, but some people can never hear it, no matter how much we explain it to them!

Can you live with him saying ANN-i-kuh?

FWIW, I would pronounce it AH-nih-kuh, like so many of the other Americans on this thread. Most of the American children I've met with the name pronounced it that way. The "nee" pronunciation is more European. Very pretty name, I hope you guys can resolve this!

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It's really only the first syllable I am picky about! nik-kuh works for me.
I think you are right because he also says 'Italian' with an eye instead of an ee like eye-talian!

Oh well. While she's little we can call her Nikki. That will be easier for my 2-year old too. And then we have a few years to perfect the Ah on Annika! My name has an 'ah' in it as well and DH manages to say it right (with a very cute accent) so I am sure he can get there...
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Ahhh. Eye-talian sounds like maybe you're dealing with a Texas/southern accent...? As the US part of our couple I don't have that particular linguistic issue -- I come from Nor Calif, where people seem to have no accent at all!
My students do laugh at the way I say "both" for some reason, though...

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