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Subject: The pronunciation of Agape (a Latin name from the Greek word) :)
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as monica)
Date: May 7, 2005 at 3:22:22 AM
Reply to: Yes, but Agape is Greek, not Spanish :-) nt by Chrisell
Agape is a Latin first name (and a word) from the Greek áãÜðç (agapi, with EE sound and the second syllable stressed: ah-GAH-pee).

In Latin the pronunciation is ah-GAH-peh, not pey. In some romance languages the word is pronounced with the first syllable stressed: AH-gah-peh. In English, it is possible to pronounce with the first or the second syllable stressed (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=agape).

But, regarding the wovel sound, the Spanish pronunciation of the wovels is as Latin pronunciation (the Catalan pronunciation is different, f. e.). For this, Magia's explanation about PEH and not PEY is completely correct.
And the Greek pronunciation could be ah-GAH-pee, not ah-GAH-pey.

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