I don't know if it's just me, but every time I listen to the pronunciation of the word 'wahine'(woman), I hear the letter 'w' pronounced like 'v', but in the word 'wâhine'(women), 'w' seems it's pronounced like 'u'. Can someone tell me the proper way to pronounce the two words?
Actually. . . Both are correct, depending on your region, dialect, upbringing, or education. I think wahine is most often pronounced with a "W-Glide," which is a W with a light attack, almost like pronouncing the past tense marker ua. Sometimes it is pronounced as a V, and again light on the attack.