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Pronunciation of Russian е and э
ChrisDate: Friday, 2009-10-30, 10:15 PM | Message # 1
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I wonder what's the difference between Russian е and э. For example : on some websites I see the English name Nancy written with е and on the others with э. what is the rule?
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OlgaDate: Thursday, 2009-11-05, 6:17 PM | Message # 2
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Yes, it's true. You can find both: Нeнси and Нэнси for Nancy, Джексон and Джэксон for Michael Jackson. Of, course it's pronounced with э (the sound is harder than е). But very often with foreign names we go with е : Ненси Рейган, Майкл Джексон, even though we pronounce them with actual э sound.
ChrisDate: Saturday, 2009-11-07, 11:32 PM | Message # 3
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Thank you, Olga. Do you do the same trick with some Russian words?
OlgaDate: Saturday, 2009-11-07, 11:33 PM | Message # 4
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No, with Russian words there are strict rules, and we never switch the letters in Russian words.
KOTntDate: Wednesday, 2010-03-17, 7:03 PM | Message # 5
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Actually, it isn't important how will you pronounce English name, with "е" or "э", because any way you'll be understood right.
"е" sounds in the word "get"
"э" sounds in the word "spell"
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