I’m on another nonteaching message board. There’s a thread asking whether a certain name (eye-ahn) should be spelled Ayan, Ayaan, or Aiyan. The name is of Indian origin. Some people are chiming in with comments like, “I’m a teacher, and Ai makes the Long I sound, so people are most likely to pronounce this one correctly.” I disagree, but am not interested in arguing about it in this other forum haha. But I’m curious what other teachers here say. To me, ai makes the long A sound or sometimes a short E (said), but never long I. I can’t think of any examples where it does (Edit- just thought of a few with the I sound at the end, chai, Thai, and Hawaii), so I’m confused by these teachers’ insistence that they’re educated professionals and clearly they’re correct here. I’d choose one of the first two. I think I’ve also seen the name spelled Aayan.