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Lena pronunciation?

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lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 20:57:04

Would you say Lay-na or Len-a?

Not bothered how it should be pronounced just want to know how you would assume it's pronounced.

Cheers smile

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 18-Sep-11 20:57:35


whackamole Sun 18-Sep-11 20:57:57

Lee-na as well.

lockets Sun 18-Sep-11 20:58:53

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leothelioness Sun 18-Sep-11 20:59:43


EdithWeston Sun 18-Sep-11 20:59:50

Lee-na (like Zavaroni)

lockets Sun 18-Sep-11 20:59:51

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leothelioness Sun 18-Sep-11 21:00:23

sorry an errant h has crept in there somehow.

rushofbloodtothefeet Sun 18-Sep-11 21:00:29

Closer to Lay-na, but maybe more like Leh-na

lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 21:15:38

Hmmm that's a few different ways! Think that's put me off it now...

thisisyesterday Sun 18-Sep-11 21:17:39

i would pronounce it Lee-na

my community midwife was called Lena and that's how she pronounced it

chocjunkie Sun 18-Sep-11 21:25:02

I know two lenas - they are both called Lee-na.


shineypenny Sun 18-Sep-11 21:25:50


workshy Sun 18-Sep-11 21:28:26

I work with a lena

pronounced lay-na

DownyEmerald Sun 18-Sep-11 21:31:29

I would assume Lee-na, but wouldn't be surprised if it was Lay-na IYSWIM.

Prefer Lay-na

LadyMondegreen Sun 18-Sep-11 21:44:53


I would assume that 'Lee-na' would be spelt Lina.

NoNoNoMYDoIt Sun 18-Sep-11 21:47:37

i would say lee-*ye*na but only because i studied russian at university..

hulabula Sun 18-Sep-11 21:47:37

Neither Lay-na nor Lee-na but Leh-na (with a long eh sound).

NoNoNoMYDoIt Sun 18-Sep-11 21:48:16

ok - that didn't work. the ye was supposed to be in italics but for some reason wasn't. stress on the ye basically

NoNoNoMYDoIt Sun 18-Sep-11 21:48:33

bold not italics

getting my hat now

bonkers20 Sun 18-Sep-11 21:51:12

I would say Lee-na. I have a friend whose DD is Lena with a french accent over the e (the child is 1/2 french) and I pronounce that Lay-na, though I have never met the child so don't actually know if this is right!

Flowerista Sun 18-Sep-11 21:52:28

Lay na. Tis my next door neighbours name and thats how she says it.

MumbaiMamma Sun 18-Sep-11 21:52:30


hulabula Sun 18-Sep-11 21:54:09

In English there isn't a phoneme to describe the sound of the -ena as it would be pronounced in German and French, but it would be closer to Lay-na, without such a pronounced -ay (if that makes sense blush)

SlinkingOutsideInSocks Mon 19-Sep-11 00:43:13


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