"Hermione" is a difficult name to pronounce. This one has references that go back to Greek mythology and appears in some famous literary works. It is also a name that is part of the Harry Potter series: "Hermione Jane Granger." If you haven't heard its correct pronunciation, you probably don't know how to do it.
Step 1. Divide the name into syllables
"Hermione" has 4 syllables. To pronounce the name correctly, you must divide it into syllables.
Write "Hermione" on a piece of paper. Next, use your index finger or some scrap of paper to cover the parts of the name
Step 2. Focus on the first syllable
The first syllable is "Her", which is at the beginning.
- This first syllable is pronounced simply as "jer", like the second syllable of "woman".
- Cover the rest of the name (ie, "mione") with your index finger or a piece of paper to focus only on this first syllable.
Step 3. Continue with the second syllable
After practicing the pronunciation of “Her”, cover that syllable with your index finger or a piece of paper, and move on to the next one, which is “my”.
- Pronounce the second syllable as "mai", as it is read. This is one of the two syllables that most confuses people when pronouncing it, as some say it simply as "my".
- The emphasis of the name should fall on this syllable (ie, "jer-MAI").
Step 4. Go to the next syllable in the name, which is “o”
This next syllable is not pronounced the same way it is written.
- The third syllable is pronounced as a soft "o", as if you were pausing in the middle of a sentence.
- At this point, you should cover the first two syllables (ie “jer-MAI)” and the last syllable (ie “ne”).
Step 5. Practice the last syllable of the name
This is another difficult syllable, but it is pronounced simply as "ni."
- This last syllable is pronounced “ni”, as in “nest”.
- You should cover the first three syllables (ie "jer-MAI-o") of the name at this point.
Step 6. Put all the syllables together and practice pronouncing the name completely:
"Jer-MAI-o-ni". This pronunciation has been verified as the traditional Greek way of mentioning the name.