Friday, April 09, 2010
A note on pronunciation
Anneka and Mariella would like you to know how to correctly pronounce their names. The pronunciation may be counterintuitive to some American-English speakers.
Anneka Sophia is AH-neh-kuh ("A" as in "yawn", *not* as it "at") Soh-FEE-uh.
Mariella Beatrix is Mah-ree-ELL-uh BAY-uh-tricks ("Mah-ree-", not "Mary-", and "Bay-uh-", not "BEE-uh-").
Postscript for the minutia-minded:
The terminal "Uh" sound in Mariella, Sophia, and Anneka is an American approximation to the European "e" sound. There, the names could be spelled Marielle, Sofie, and Anneke, and the terminal "e" would be pronounced as a separate syllable sounding much similar to -- but not the same as -- the American "uh" sound.
We have preserved the Dutch spelling and pronunciation of Beatrix. As you can see from the notes above, the pronunciation of vowels varies significantly in Europe.