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    Default DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    Hello

    How would a native speaker (us-english) pronounce the following two terms/phantasy name for a brand spontaneous?

    Divvs (2 times a v not a w)
    Divva

    my deliberations and am not a native speaker at all;

    divvs: like the term thiefs or like di ai viis ?

    divva: like the term diva (divaa) or di ai vii ei?

    what would you suppose?

    is it a hard term to spontaneously pronounce for english native speaker?

    many thanks for your help!

    greetings

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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    I would probably use the following:
    /dɪvz/
    /di:və/

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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    /dIvz/; /dIva/
    The 'I' is meant to be a short I of 'give', not the long /i/ of 'diva'. It's very easy to pronounce in English.

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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    ok so 2x v is not confusing or making a problem with the pronunciation?

    /dɪvz/ this is what I've suggested with "thiefs" just that in this case its way more softer because of d. and is it right that the z in the end sounds like a s in thiefs, fs=vs
    or is it like di-wie-sie? I'm a bit confused.

    and so divva ist almost like the normal diva, just with a shorter I like in give?




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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    Quote Originally Posted by blueberryhutch View Post
    ok so 2x v is not confusing or making a problem with the pronunciation?
    No, you have two different answers for how an English person would pronounce DIVVA. Mine is based on the fact that a vowel before a double consonant is rarely long. Then you have 'skivvy', which has a short 'I', 'savvy', 'muvva', 'bovva' etc. - all with short vowels.
    /dɪvz/ this is what I've suggested with "thiefs" just that in this case its way more softer because of d. and is it right that the z in the end sounds like a s in thiefs, fs=vs
    I'm not sure why you're introducing "thiefs". Both of us have said /vz/.

    or is it like di-wie-sie? I'm a bit confused.
    So am I. What's di-wie-sie?
    and so divva ist almost like the normal diva, just with a shorter I like in give?
    No. I would rhyme DIVVA with 'giver', 'river', etc, and Tdol would rhyme it with 'diva'. You're obviously going to need more opinions.
    Both of us would rhyme DIVVS with 'gives'.

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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    Without a doubt, the double-V would cause me to use the i sound in "give" or "hit."

    It would not sound like "diva"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: DIVVS and DIVVA Pronunciation native speakers?

    For me "divvs" would sound the same as "divs". The double "v" makes no difference. I would pronounce "divva" to rhyme with "giver".
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