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Hi,

(1) Is it true that 'Irene' can be pronounced in (at least) three different ways?

[a] eye-REEN (two syllables, the second one is accented)

eye-REE-nee ( three syllables )

[c] eye-REN

(2) Do you agree that [a] is by far the most common in modern English?
(3) Can you confirm that [c] is rather rare as compared with [a] and ?
I wonder if [c] sounds so to say "a little Polish" to you?

Now, to the most difficult question imho :-)
(4) Why do you think some native English speakers seem to (kind of) dislike [a] yet admitting that is fine with them?

Looking forward to your thoughts on how 'Irene' is pronounced nowadays... and used to be pronounced in our not very distant past.

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(4) Why do you think some native English speakers seem to (kind of) dislike [a] yet admitting that is fine with them?

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vlivefeye-REE-nee ( three syllables ) of course

I have never heard anything but eye-REEN here in the US.

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I have never heard anything but eye-REEN here in the US.

The same is true for me and I'm in the UK.

vlivef(2) Do you agree that [a] is by far the most common in modern English?

Yes.

vlivef(3) Can you confirm that [c] is rather rare as compared with [a] and ?

That and your second pronunciation, eye-REE-nee, are unfamiliar in the UK. You seem to have discovered non-standard pronunciations that are used in some particular contexts.

anonymousYou seem to have discovered non-standard pronunciations that are used in some particular contexts

1) Could you please take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene (given_name)?

This source gives two pronunciation patterns, [a] and [ b ] for 'Irene' ( see the line 'Pronunciation' below the image of the Greek goddess 'Eirene' ). And I believed it line, hook and sinker :-)

2) Yet another excuse by me... I just checked FORVO for 'Irene Adler" ... I am pretty sure I can hear [eye-REE-nee] Adler... How can it all be explained?..

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vlivef1) Could you please take a look at link (given_name)?This source gives two pronunciation patterns, [a] and [ b ] for 'Irene' ( see the line 'Pronunciation' below the image of the Greek goddess 'Eirene' ). And I believed it line, hook and sinker :-)

Wikipedia is not a source for anything. It is a failed Internet experiment that has been hijacked by propagandists. Use it as a questionable bibliography if you must use it at all. It is variously poorly edited, unedited and bizarrely edited, too.

The Greek goddess is pronounced in Greek, so that is not pertinent here. If I wanted to sound all edjamakated, I might make a stab at the Greek and call her ee-RRRAY-nay.

vlivef2) Yet another excuse by me... I just checked FORVO for 'Irene Adler" ... I am pretty sure I can hear [eye-REE-nee] Adler... How can it all be explained?..

Irene Adler is a character from a Sherlock Holmes yarn. She is German, and if she existed she would pronounce her own name in German.

vlivef1) Could you please take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene (given_name)?This source gives two pronunciation patterns, [a] and [ b ] for 'Irene' ( see the line 'Pronunciation' below the image of the Greek goddess 'Eirene' ). And I believed it line, hook and sinker :-)

First of all, the link to the article did not display properly. You should ask one of the moderators of this website to fix it for you.


I found the article you referred to and saw the two pronunciations. Only the first one, eye-reen, is familiar from a British perspective. It is possible that the other pronunciation is used outside the UK, I don't know. I hope that helps.

anonymousI found the article you referred to and saw the two pronunciations. Only the first one, eye-reen, is familiar from a British perspective. It is possible that the other pronunciation is used outside the UK, I don't know. I hope that helps.

Thank you, dear Anonymous! There have been comments from different (BrEng and AmEng) native speakers... and the pronunciation eye-ree-nee seems to be an absolute eye-opener for all of them!... It's a pity that wiki so often gives the wrong information

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