“You say Kiev, I say Kyiv” for the capital of the Ukraine. How does Microsoft Word handle the different spellings and how to pronounce the name with Read Aloud.
Is it Kiev or Kyiv?
Kyiv is the Ukrainian spelling of their capitals name, it’s pronounced ‘kee-yiv’ and the Cyrillic spelling is Київ
In the west we’ve more familiar with the Russian spelling; Kiev and pronunciation ‘kee-yev’. Cyrillic: Киев
As you’d expect the Russian spelling and pronunciation has fallen out of favor.
Kiev corrected in Microsoft Word
Both Kyiv and Kiev are accepted by the English language spell check in Word 365.
However there’s a Grammar and Refinements option to check for ‘Sensitive Geopolitical References’. If you have that selected (most don’t), Word will warn about the word ‘Kiev’ saying “It’s best to use current place names” and suggests ‘Kyiv’ instead.
Read Aloud: Kiev and Kyiv
While Microsoft’s Grammar and Refinements have it right, the Read Aloud feature isn’t correct.
Both Kiev and Kyiv are pronounced the same Russian ‘kee-yev’ way.
We tried using various English and Ukrainian language settings, always the same pronunciation for both words.
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