I wanted to find the correct way to pronounce Kýrie, eléison in a modern Greek Orthodox Church. It is O.K. if posters refer to pronunciation back in the classical Greek days and earlier, but I do not wish to fan the flames of the Modern Greek v. Erasmian pronunciation.
- I hear everyone pronounce the ypsilon the same way I would pronounce a long “e” in American English, so there is no question with that one.
- I believe the iota and epsilon in the middle of the first word are pronounced separately?
- I am uncertain about the last epsilon in the first word and the first epsilon in the second word. Are they both pronounced separately, or do they glide into each other?
- The epsilon and iota in the middle of the second word look like a diphthong, yet sometimes I hear people pronouncing the letters separately.
- I am not sure if most pronounce the final “o” as a short or long “o.”