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    Default Hellow again, need to know how to pronunce "Coley" as John Ford Coley's last name.

    Hello,

    Again, I'm not sure what to pronunce "Coley" as

    koolee

    or

    koulee

    or

    koulei

    Sorry that I just don't know. Is there any phonetic rule that I should follow here? My guess is /koulei/, then again, I am not sure, it's just a pure guessing....

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Hellow again, need to know how to pronunce "Coley" as John Ford Coley's last name.

    "Col" sounds like cold or coal
    "ley" sounds like Lee

    KOH-lee

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    Default Re: Hellow again, need to know how to pronunce "Coley" as John Ford Coley's last name.

    Thank you very much. Separating the world into 2 parts helps!!

    I'll remember this analogy. Again, pronuncing names, especially the last names is very hard for me. I never know whether I am pronuncing them the right way or not... Sigh. I wish I knew.

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    Default Re: Hellow again, need to know how to pronunce "Coley" as John Ford Coley's last name.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Col" sounds like cold or coal
    "ley" sounds like Lee
    KOH-lee
    Also, as a rule of thumb (there are exceptions), a vowel before a single consonant is pronounced long, and a vowel before a double consonant is pronounced short. For example:

    'Folley' - 'Fo(h)ley'
    'Bonny' - 'Bo(h)ney'
    'Conny' - 'Co(h)ney'
    'Flutter' - 'Flu(oo)ter'
    'Matter' - 'Ma(y)ter'

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