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Subject: Re: Eira
Author: chazda   (Authenticated as chazda)
Date: February 28, 2006 at 6:55:07 PM
Reply to: Eira by Cera
If you mean the Welsh pronunciation, I gather from this site

http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/Lesson01.html

that the diphthong "ei" in Welsh does not have an exact counterpart in English. It would sound something like a schwa ("uh") followed quickly, almost blended with, "ee." Like: [Uh-ee]-ra. Personally I would prefer to write this as OY-ra. But that is not exactly correct, I don't think. Check out the soundfiles for the diphthong on the site, that should give you some idea.

In English, I believe it's just like the name Ira, with a long I as we're used to hearing in Eileen.

- chazda

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