Originally Posted by CunningSmeagol
I thought Italian had diphthongs w/ multiple vowels too. But not here.
I'm confused (which is not unusual). I have never heard the name Isaia spoken by an Italian, but I would have thought it was ...
Ee-sah-ee-yah ..which may sound more like Ee-sa-yah at real life speed.
That is, the final i and a in practice combine to form a eeyah sound.
If, instead, the middle i combines with the a before it to form a dipthong, then the final a would be said with a hiatus (as a sound on its own - so it would be three syllables ...Ee-sigh-ah.
I can't see how it could be Ee-sai-ee-yah.