Zvonareva pronunciation help

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  1. martini1

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    Anybody speaks Russian? How do u pronounce Vera's last name?

    Is it like "Zonareva" or "Vonareva" or something else?
     
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  2. CyBorg

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    Zvonaryova.
     
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  3. martini1

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    Dude spelling it out in Russian is not gonna help me on how to pronounce it. Could u spell it out phonetically in simple english?

    i.e. Djokovic - "Jo-ko-vich"
     
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  4. dantespark33

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    isnt it just like zu-von-er-re-va?
     
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  5. OliverSimon

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    im russian its Zz-van-o-riova
     
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  6. Blinkism

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    Z'vO'nA'rjO'va
    The "vo" in her name is pronounced like the first sound in the word "vote", and the last "e" in her surname is pronounced as a long O (as in the word "Long").

    The surname is composed of three parts, I think, but you would wouldn't pause between them.

    Zvon-a-reva.
     
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  7. Blinkism

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    Not quite.

    Try reading the word "Djordje" and try to hear the sound you make when you combine D and J. It should be somewhere between a G (as in George) and Zh (as in Dr.Zhivago). If I had to spell out the sound I guess it'd be Dzh, then oko (as in the spanish "loco"), vee (as in a "v-neck sweater), and ovich (as in .... Ivanisevic)

    And the surname would be broken up in two ways; Djoko-vic, and not Djo-ko-vic.

    Yugoslavian surnames can get trick sometimes!
     
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  8. oneguy21

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    just sound it out Zevon eh reyvuh
     
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    Close! From WTA:

    pronounced: zvon-a-RAY-vuh

    If you can't still pronounce it just say Vera :)
     
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  10. tudwell

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    That letter in Russian Cyrillic looks similar to our "e" (and in fact they have a letter identical to it, pronounced "yeh" (as in "yet")) but it in fact is supposed to be written with a diaeresis above the "e": ë. This letter is pronounced "yoh". And don't make the "z" and the "v" into two different syllables. That's a weird consonant cluster for native English speakers, but just try to shove both of them together. "Zvo" not "Zuh-vo".
     
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