Why is it alex, do you think, so many Americans pronounce surnames ending in "stein" as is it were spelled "steen"? Isn't the German rule of thumb that the second vowel is the one which is pronounced? Isn't the word invariably pronounced "styne" (as in the "i" is saying it's own name as it were) or as in the German word for "stone" or that from which you'd drink a beer?? Isn't the name Leonard Bernstein pronounced "behrn styne" (almost like "bairn shtine")?? What's with this "steen" pronunciation?? I have a freind named Alan Goldstein who insists that the last syllable of his named is pronounced "steen" in German. Who's right?