How do you pronounce "Anais"

Nov 14th, 2002, 06:54 AM
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monique
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How do you pronounce "Anais"

Does anyone know the correct way to pronounce "Anais"? Just wondering because I like it as a possible name for a future child. I have loved the perfume "Anais Anais" for years, and have always pronounced it like "Renee". Or is it like "mayonnaise"?? Or is the 's' pronounced only before a vowel like other french words? I love ethnic names and I like to travel; this is supposedly a Catalan/Provencial version of Hannah.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:06 AM
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Ahn-a-yees

It has an umlaut in it - Anaïs - that indicates you pronounce the long i sound (the way a long i sound is pronounced in romance languages, which is the equivalent of our long e)
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:14 AM
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Funny topic, since my mom wore this perfume and always pronounced it "Uh-NAY-uss, Uh-NAY-uss". Then, when I went to buy her some as a child, the sales lady prounced it with a spanish twist: Ah-Nah-EESE!

But, this is a french word, as far as I know.

In French, your 'mayonaise' pronunciation would be correct, (like 'vin de pais') with stress on the last syllable.

that's my $0.02
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:16 AM
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Kudos to StCirq.

I didn't realize there was the umlaut, which makes his pronunciation the correct one. I guess the sales lady knew what she was talking about ;-)
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:19 AM
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The "French pronounciation" is no different from the "Catalan pronounciation." It would not rhyme with "mayonnaise." It's Ahn-ay-ees or Ahn-a-yees, or however you want to transliterate it, in any language.

You do not pronounce the "s" in "vin de pays." You do pronounce it in Anaïs.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:25 AM
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StCirq is absolutely correct, except that the diacritical mark is referred to as a "diaeresis," not an "umlaut," when it's used in the Romance languages (or English or Latin or Greek) to indicate that a second vowel is pronounced separately from the first.

It's only an umlaut in German, where it has a different function. (Basically, it shifts the pronunciation of the vowel it's used on to the front of the mouth.)
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:32 AM
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You people are great! Such a wealth of knowledge here! Is the s pronounced like s or like z? Is the stress on the last syllabal? Anyone know where I can find lists of ethnic European names (preferably French)?
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:37 AM
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For French names, try
www.prenoms.com
www.e-prenoms.com
noms.voila.fr

You'll need a bit of French to understand.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:46 AM
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The s is pronounced like s. Light stress on the last syllable.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:52 AM
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Thanks, jahoulih - I knew "umlaut" was not correct for romance languages but could not for the LIFE of me remember the word diaeresis.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 08:03 AM
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tréma?
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 08:46 AM
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Oui, trema, en francais.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 08:59 AM
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"diaeresis" or "dieresis" in English, "tréma" in French, "crema" in Spanish. Amazing how these two little dots change names!
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:10 AM
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Oh, do be ever so careful about that stress on the last syllable. If you must, caress it as you might a buttefly wing. Touch and be gone before anyone might supsect. Otherwise, give it equal weight, and you'll not be far wrong.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:16 AM
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How strange!!! I was just thinking of that name for my future daughter too...

I personally prefer to pronounce it
"a-nay"...unless you want to be really accurate, i say it's your child's name so pronounce it the way you would like to call her.

That's the fun of making up names!
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:18 AM
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No matter how YOU pronounce it, the other kids will call her Anus.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:24 AM
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I have always liked the name, but I agree with xxx. Give the poor kid a break and make it her middle name if you must.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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I second the above. Don't give her this name. She will constantly have to spell it and correct the pronunciation.
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 09:35 AM
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Heehee! Anus... okay, maybe not such a good choice! I wanted unusual, but not something so difficult that it will always be pronounced wrong. Would Anais without the ï be pronounced a-nay? Not planning on her for at least a few more years!
 
Nov 14th, 2002, 11:25 AM
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No, without the "i" it would be Ah-nah, more or less. To get a French ah-nay, you would have to drop the "s" I think. But "Anai" doesn't look as pretty.
 

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