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GumboPot
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Do you say keev or key-ev?

I still say key-ev for Kiev. I hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings.


Indefatigable
Member since Jan 2019
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It's KEE-iv. The media is just lazy and says KEEV. Key-yev went away a while back when Ukraine changed its transliteration rules and the western spelling went from Kyiv (Ukrainian) from Kiev (Russian/Soviet transliteration).

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Rocco Lampone
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Neither


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Big Jim Slade
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I’ve gone my whole life calling it Chicken Key-ev. The city is Key-ev and always has been. I’m not changing to Keev.


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Azkiger
Member since Nov 2016
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Do you say keev or key-ev?


I say money laundering.


AggieHank86
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I have heard it pronounced in Ukrainian, and my English-trained vocal apparatus simply cannot form those sounds. Much like I simply cannot roll an "R" in Spanish. I am fluent, with a speech impediment. LoL.

Keev seems closer than Key-ev, but "kyiv" seems closer than either.

In the end, what does it matter, so long as people understand that you are talking about the capital of Ukraine?


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Gaggle
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Kiev
Kharkov
And THE Ukraine

Can't nobody hold me down


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VoxDawg
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key-EV

Because I am not a globalist gimp.
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rebeloke
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Keev is the Russian pronunciation and Key-ev is the Ukrainian


moneyg
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key-ev


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Zach
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I use the 2 syllables. And a factoid of the day:
The Mongols and Rus had the siege of Kiev in 1240. However, the first battle between the two occurred in the coolest year ever... 1234.


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BigMob
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Neither. It occupies 0.0% of my hard drive in my head.


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GumboPot
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Keev is the Russian pronunciation and Key-ev is the Ukrainian



I thought it was just the opposite.

And this entire time I thought I was the one sounding like a Putin stooge. I was getting Zelensky virtue signal points and didn't even realize it.


DellTronJon
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SHIT-HOLE


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Houag80
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Damn it. Azkiger beat me to it.
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RolltidePA
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I say Key-Ev. My neighbor, who is from Kiev, says Key-ev. Her explanation is that Americans who say Keev sound like idiots and it's really Key-Ev, but we say it too slow and natives say it much quickly and it kind of slurs together.


Deek
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I pronounce it as Don't give a frick


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Indefatigable
Member since Jan 2019
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Her explanation is that Americans who say Keev sound like idiots and it's really Key-Ev, but we say it too slow and natives say it much quickly and it kind of slurs together.



That's my understanding as well. That second syllable is there, Americans just don't pick up on it (KEEV), OR draw it out into Kee-Yev.


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ChasseurNC
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The opposite of however the media pronounces it at any particular time


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