how do you pronounce "shaman"?

is it "shay-min" or "shah-man"

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  • 1 month ago

    The word etymologically comes either from the Tungus “samán” meaning one who knows himself or from some Chinese dialect for a Buddhist monk (not sure the dialect but in Mandarin the word is héshang). Either way the root word would sound more like  shah-men than shay-men. 

    However, in 1985 there was a Scottish electronics band that pronounced it “shay-men”. Maybe that is where it comes from. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "Shah--man." ---------------

  • 1 month ago

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Its  Shay - man.........

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  • 1 month ago

    shah men/min The unaccented syllable (the second syllable) is closer to a schua, closer to "men" than anything, really, depending on your particular accent.  The Sha part is a short A ah not a long A ay.

  • 1 month ago

    Shah-man. 

    Shah-manisn. Is the belief system. And I know it's not pronounced 'Shay-minism'.

    This is the way it's usually said in movies. Then again I don't hear it said very often, and don't say myself.

    Source(s): Native Speaker of American English for 68 years.
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    not shay-min

    better consult forvo: https://forvo.com/search/shaman

    I'm pretty sure the plural is NOT "shamen", as women can have the same job

  • 1 month ago

    Google translate says it as "shay-man".

    I thought it was "shah-man" though.

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