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Which website(s) provide(s) the most correct pronunciation of foreign (to the U.S.) names?

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Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
11 of 14

Will L wrote:

Why not just ask them? I've never found anyone who was offended to be asked how their name is pronounced. I'm sure I was never the first stranger to ask them.

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Will, of course I've done that numerous times throughout the years; and most aren't offended.  However, it's been my personal experience that most people are appreciative and seem to respect the effort put forth in initially pronouncing their names correctly.  In fact, many over the years have even complimented me on that. 

 

I'm confident you're aware that oftentimes there's nothing sweeter to someone than the sound of their own name.  However, it needs to be pronounced correctly.



 

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Eve L Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
12 of 14

My whole life I have been called different things. 

As my father was Norwegian and my mother Japanese they wanted an international name, so they chose Eve. But, that name doesn't work in either Norwegian or Japanese. So my mother calls me Ibu, as that is what Eve sounds like to a Japanese person, and Norwegians would just call me Eva. I have also been called Evy, Ive, Ev, Evelyn and more or less anything remotely close to Eve. My mother as a Japanese can't prononce my last name either. She doesn't hear the difference between R and L, and V, H and B. So She calls me something like Ibu Runevorgue. Smiley LOL

 

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Valerio S Member Since: Oct 13, 2017
13 of 14

I gave up on the idea of hearing my name pronounced correctly years ago, I decided to go with "Paul" every time I order something to take away (this almost cost me 2 lunches, but it's still better than having to spell my name 3-5 times without).

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
14 of 14

Valerio S wrote:

I gave up on the idea of hearing my name pronounced correctly years ago, I decided to go with "Paul" every time I order something to take away (this almost cost me 2 lunches, but it's still better than having to spell my name 3-5 times without).


When we had our first kid we spent ages comming up with a name. "Paul" was one of the first that was rules out. We could think of 3 different ways it would be pronounced in the international environment we are living here in Norway. Then there is my husbands side of the family with the tendency to mutilate names using diminutive endings.

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