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Subject: Re: Merel
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: June 14, 2011 at 11:49:23 PM
Reply to: Re: Merel by Lily
That's a tricky question! The emphasis is definitely on the first syllable, but Merel doesn't really sound like Beryl-with-an-M because the intonation patterns (the rhythm) of Dutch are very un-English. The e in the unstressed syllable sounds much more clear and distinct than the final syllable of Beryl, and it also seems to have a slightly higher pitch.

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