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How would you pronounce Talia?

(34 Posts)
crashdoll Mon 08-Jul-13 19:00:28

I'm not choosing a name, just having a healthy debate with a friend. Around here, I've only heard of it was Tal-ee-uh but she says she'd say is as Tar-LEE-uh.

Surf25 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:02:44

Might depend on local accents, but around here it would be ta-lee-uh

Happymum22 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:06:03

Tal-ee-ah, I think like surf25!

Downfall Mon 08-Jul-13 19:08:20


colleysmill Mon 08-Jul-13 19:09:55

This is a relative of mine's name. They pronounce it Tar le ah. They do live in the states if that has any bearing on it?

Smerlin Mon 08-Jul-13 19:11:14

Tar-lee-ah- short for Natalia no?

VelvetStrider Mon 08-Jul-13 19:13:24


Tar-lee-er is spelt Thalia.

TravelinColour Mon 08-Jul-13 19:15:55

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crashdoll Mon 08-Jul-13 19:33:26

here, Talia is a common Jewish girl's name and is always pronounced Tal-ee-uh. I have a cousin Thalia - TAR-lee-uh.

louisianablue2000 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:43:21

One of the DDs is at school with a Tahlia, pronounced Ta-lee-ah. I would assume Talia would be pronounced the same. Confused by the 'r's, is that like when people say draw-ring instead of drawing?

Wbdn28 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:55:04


Like the last two syllables of Na-TAL-ia.

Along similar lines, for Tania I'd say TAN-ya rather than TARN-ya which sounds a bit affected/contrived.

Any language experts here? I'd assumed it was an Italian/Spanish/Latin name with a short "a" sound rather than "ah"?

LittleSporksBigSpork Mon 08-Jul-13 19:59:44

In English, Ta-lee-ah would be most likely, but in Hebrew the accent is typically on the second or last syllable and ta-LEE-ah would be most likely (and more likely to be written as Talya.

Thalia is Greek and not related linguistically to Talia.

Weegiemum Mon 08-Jul-13 20:00:47

One of my dd2s best friends is Talia. Pronounced Taa-lee-ah.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 08-Jul-13 23:18:08

I knew one who said it more like Tal-ya.

I'd say Tall-ee-ah generally speaking though.

lessonsintightropes Tue 09-Jul-13 00:32:00

Tar-lee-ah I think.

JeanPaget Tue 09-Jul-13 01:04:48

Tal-lee-a, but I think if I was saying it everyday I'd come to say it more like Tal-ya, iyswim.

ShaggingZumbaStylee Tue 09-Jul-13 02:40:43


OrangeLily Tue 09-Jul-13 02:47:53

Tal yah like the end of Natalia - nat tal yah

rundontwalk Tue 09-Jul-13 02:54:38

Ta-lee-ah like the end of Natalia for me!

Choccyhobnob Tue 09-Jul-13 10:28:59

Probably Taa lee uh but would doubt myself and feel perfectly happy if I was then told it was Ta lee uh.

Pixieonthemoor Tue 09-Jul-13 17:16:38

Oops I always thought the first syllable was like 'tail' so tail-lee-uh blush

MissingMyMarbles Tue 09-Jul-13 19:04:42

I'd say 'Tal ya'
If it was spelt Tahlia then I'd say 'Tarl yuh'
No idea why I'd differentiate the end syllable hmm

RaRaZ Thu 11-Jul-13 02:33:40


SupermansBigRedPants Thu 11-Jul-13 03:06:06

You're all pronouncing it wrong to me!

In my accent it's ta-lay-ah. Everyone and their wife says it that way.

JeanPaget Thu 11-Jul-13 03:18:16

Interesting Supermans, do you mean you'd emphasise the middle syllable, like Ta-LAY-ah?

I'm always concerned that I'm going through life making an arse of myself with my pronunciation...

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