Eugo wrote:RebeccaRGB wrote:Eugo wrote:I keep pronouncing finale the Italian way, not fennelie. Just can't get myself to pronounce it the American way, except to point out how wrong it sounds to me.
I've never heard it pronounced 'fennelie'. I always pronounce it fih-NAA-lee [fɪnæli].
It was always the announcements for the "season fennelie" on several TV channels in the US, many years ago, before we developed a Pavlovian reflex to mute the TV as soon as commercials start. Then we gave up on TV altogether. Maybe they pronounce it differently now, I wouldn't know.
Do you by any chance have an accent where the vowels from "bat" and "bet" sound the same or similar? I've definitely heard "finale" with the second vowel pronounced like "bat", but not with the second vowel pronounced like "bet".
And are you saying you've heard "finale" pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable, or the first?