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How do you say Seren?

(37 Posts)
museumum Thu 13-Aug-15 19:43:00

Is it SERen or SerEN?


scatterthenuns Thu 13-Aug-15 19:48:55


pieceofpurplesky Thu 13-Aug-15 19:54:07

Ser-EN as in serendipity

museumum Thu 13-Aug-15 19:54:51

So completely equal emphasis on both syllables? I find that very hard to do - one always ends up emphasised a bit more.

museumum Thu 13-Aug-15 19:55:16


pieceofpurplesky Thu 13-Aug-15 20:04:41

Slightly more on the en bur more Se-Ren

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 13-Aug-15 23:10:26


FithColumnist Fri 14-Aug-15 04:42:58

In Welsh, it's stressed on the first syllable. SEren (both of those are short e's as well, it shouldn't sound anything like "serene".

BestIsWest Fri 14-Aug-15 06:05:48

SER-en. Slight stress on first syllable. As Fith said.

museumum Fri 14-Aug-15 08:51:58

I think my issue is that I'm Scottish so over pronounce the r. I'll try sort of skipping it like English folk do smile

Hulababy Fri 14-Aug-15 08:54:44

Like seven but with an r not a v

RoganJosh Fri 14-Aug-15 08:56:25

I think english people still say the R. It's not like in words like 'barn' where I don't.
I think I'd go for emphasis at the beginning.

Jedi1 Fri 14-Aug-15 09:00:55

The Seren I work with is SEren.

badtime Fri 14-Aug-15 14:47:10

Is it the same sort of stress as Helen?

Leviticus Fri 14-Aug-15 14:52:27

Watch Abadas on CBeebies. The bat is called Seren and they pronounce it SEren.

FithColumnist Fri 14-Aug-15 19:02:21

badtime, yes, it's the same stress pattern but both the vowels sound the same in Seren, it's not like the second vowel of Helen, which is kind of swallowed so it sounds like HELL-un. Both the vowels in Seren sound like the a in any.

BestIsWest Fri 14-Aug-15 21:19:40

It would be ok to pronounce the R, lots of Welsh people do.

FithColumnist Fri 14-Aug-15 22:55:18

It's a Welsh name. The r is supposed to be pronounced :/

vpillow Fri 14-Aug-15 22:59:44

Accent is always on the penultimate syllable in Welsh. So:
RHI-an (not rhi-AN)

vpillow Fri 14-Aug-15 23:00:31

But Rhi-ANN-wen

HuftysTrain Sat 15-Aug-15 08:28:17

I would say SE-ren unless told otherwise.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 15-Aug-15 08:30:55

Exactly what Vpillow said.

But if you have Serena the emphasis changes to SehREEna.

BestIsWest Sat 15-Aug-15 08:55:17

I meant Welsh people pronounce the R. Not sure where that some came from.

BestIsWest Sat 15-Aug-15 08:55:37

Lots ai mean.

jorahmormont Sat 15-Aug-15 23:10:44

Seh-ren. Emphasis on the 'Seh'.

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