[mova] Ki-yev or Ky-yiv ?
mykola at mykola.com
Mon Oct 16 17:24:49 EDT 2006
Fluent Ukrainian speaker, as I am, will say Ky-jiv in all situations. I
think you had experience NOT with people who speak Ukrainian naturally, but
with those who speak Russian naturally and know Ukrainian. They present
themselves to you as Ukrainians but in reality they are Russian speakers
from Ukraine. For them it is subconscious to say Ki-ev, especially when they
say it "in English" :))
On 10/16/06, Peter Voitsekhovsky <pvoitsekhovsky at gvpt.umd.edu> wrote:
> I would like to take this questiion further.
> Why is it that speakers of Ukrainian who know perfectly well that the
> US capital's name is [wOshington] in English, still say [va-shing-TON]
> in Ukrainian (same as in Russian)?
> >>> K&I Bell <kib at magma.ca> 10/16/06 3:07 PM >>>
> Dear Mova -
> I wonder why even those who are well-informed and use Kyiv
> of Kiev in writing,
> still, in speaking, pronounce it in Ukrainian and English, as
> instead of Ky-yiv ?
> Why ? I don't get it .....
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