Today, I want to cover a topic that has been suggested by Gerrit, a follower of my blog on FB. He pointed out that German native speakers (and quite likely also people with other native languages) sometimes have difficulties getting the pronunciation of the syllable ‘ey’ right. For example, in the words Disney, Kinsey, hockey, volley or Wembley, one can frequently hear ‘ey’ pronounced as [eɪ] as in hey instead of [i] as in key. You can compare the incorrect pronunciations here:
Now compare this to the correct pronunciations:
The problem is that there is no clear rule, so you have to learn and remember the correct pronunciation for each word.
Some words with ‘ey’ pronounced as [eɪ]:
Some words with ‘ey’ pronounced as [i]:
Interestingly, most names (for people and places) ending in ‘ey’ fall into the second category, but are very often mispronounced on TV and radio.