As a blogger I have to answer many questions to readers from across the world. Luckily, I converse with them either via emails or on post threads. Lucky because, if you are talking to someone from a different country you might not be able to pronounce names correctly.
Indeed, it is not the easiest thing to do even in your own land. You might come across names that are uncommon and unheard of, and which you have a hard time pronouncing the right way.
To help you feel easy in such awkward situations of not being able to pronounce names correctly, we have compiled a list of 4 websites. These sites could come in handy, especially when you travel abroad. Let us check them out.
Hear Names, as the name suggests, lets you hear the correct pronunciation of difficult names. All you need to do is type the name in the search box at the home page and press Enter.
The results will show the name you were searching for (and a few more related names) under different categories. Here’s an example we tried.
If you don’t find the name you are searching for then you could request to add that name by filling a simple form.
Pronounce Names is similar to Hear Names. It has a huge collection of names and their pronunciations. As a user you would see the below interface on its home page.
You can search a name, browse the list and check pronunciation of any name. If you do not find one you may request pronunciation of a name or submit one by uploading wav/mp3 files.
Sometimes it is not just about names of people. You may also want to learn about names of places and various other things. If it is so, Inogolo might help.
When you search for names you will be guided with results in both phonetic and audio, both in English language. The good thing is that it also shows the origin of the name. Here’s an example.
This website is useful for both English and non English speakers because it displays phonetic pronunciations using respelled transcription having no special characters, signs or symbols.
Cool Tip: There are a number of pronunciation guides available on Inogolo. Check them out here. You may find something of your interest.
The Name Engine
The Name Engine is a website dedicated to correct name pronunciation of famous personalities such as athletes, entertainers, politicians, news makers etc.
If you look at the home page you will be able to see various categories like Golf, Tennis, etc. You can click on them to see who is listed on the website. Or you can also search for your favorite personality by using the search box.
Go ahead and try out a few names. I am sure you will discover many new pronunciations and you will also discover that you were treating many of them wrongly. And, if I am correct you will definitely bookmark these websites.
Tell us about you favorite choice. If you are aware of something different, do let us know. 🙂