Also, Joel is definitely two syllables (at least in the US), unless you are being lazy.
Er, sorry, Kyiv.
Sounds like two syllables to me.
I think you have something here. I just checked two sources that pronounce it as one syllable, like Rome. Although there is an accent over the "e", both videos pronounced it with one syllable.
NY Times article on the controversy. Not even sure where I come down on this myself. 2-syllables seems to remain the more popular pronunciation among English-speakers.
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