How do you pronounce "Anais"

Nov 14th, 2002, 12:02 PM
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You pronounce Anaïs like this:
Anna yis, but in one word,and with a short "a" like appétit or à Paris
Not like Anna- yees because then the "ee" is too long!
Nov 14th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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There used to be an ad on TV for that perfume that pronounced that name correctly, as I recall. I wouldn't give a kid that name, either, as no one knows how to pronounce it and I don't think it's very pleasant-sounding, either; it's difficult to say. Of course, I know I'm biased because I didn't care for her as a person from what I've read and thought her works were self-absorbed and neurotic to the max. I think if someone doesn't want to pronounce it correctly, they should name their daughter a name that would be spelled as "anay", which isn't that one. It gets very confusing later on in life and professionally when your name is pronounced differently than it's spelled (having known a few people with that situation). I don't think "anay" is a very attractive name, but I think some French variants of Hannah like Annelise or Anya or Anyssa are nicer than Anais.
Nov 14th, 2002, 12:20 PM
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My own teenage daughter's name is Anais, a name that she carries beautifully wherever she goes. The occasional mispronunciation has not reduced the profound pleasure I have to hear the sound of that name over and over again. Growing up she has had her moments when she would have liked a more popular and easier name to pronounce, but in the end she has always loved it. She is often called Ana for short by her friends.
She writes with the diaeresis and says it as it should be --Ahnah ees -- with the stress on the last syllable and a soft 's' trailing at the end.

My grand mother's name was also Anais. She was from Aix-en-Provence (where the name is quite popular).
Nov 14th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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Why is no one mentioning Anais Nin and Henry Miller's pronunciation? Watch Henry and June and all problems will be solved.
Nov 14th, 2002, 12:42 PM
Anaïs Nin
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Nov 14th, 2002, 01:09 PM
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If that kid is going to be living in America she will have nothing but trouble with that name. Make it her middle name and save her the childhood stress of pronunciation correction and mockery.
Nov 14th, 2002, 04:58 PM
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Re: Henry and June - I didn't check it, but from what I remember, Henry says "Anis" (rhymes with "this"). But his character in the movie is done as rather loutish, and he's American, and the rest of his French is awful, too - I wouldn't use that to determine the pronounciation any more than I would Leo Decaprio's "dar-TAG-nun" in The Man in the Iron Mask (for D'Artagnan).

How about this one: Cartier? The last time we were in either Europe or the states, we saw commercials for Cartier in which the announcer, in a very smooth voice, said: "Car-ti-air", with the "R" at the end very clearly pronounced. I'd always done it as though the word ends in "ay"?
May 26th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Consider pronouncing the name the way you would like - something she won't be teased for - then spell it phonetically in a way that makes sense to English speakers. I have a distant Dutch relative whom I met once. I loved her and her rather long name. Could not get in touch with her when my daughter was born, so spelled the name in a way that made it easy to pronouce if you saw it written. Turned out, when I met her again, I used a ca rather than a ke at the end, but it looks pretty written and everybody says it correctly. Relative was delighted.
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May 26th, 2012, 08:35 PM
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Strange to see this thread topped after so many years.

At any rate, I've always pronounced "Anais" -- at least when associated with "Nin" -- as either unreadable or insufferable.
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May 26th, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Yea, it pop up and I posted without noticing the date. Then the post that brought it back was deleted.
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