Stymied by how to pronounce a name? NameSayer can help you.
Our software has been helping universities since 2007.
While the only foolproof way to get accurate name pronunciations is to ask each person how they pronounce their name, most fundraising campaigns are not able to undertake that exercise. You are faced with the daunting task of pronouncing names from many ethnic backgrounds.
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- Option 1. You have access to our online system. However, our online system is not perfect. First, because it's an automated system that uses phonics rules to pronounce many names, it makes mistakes that an intelligent human would not make. Although our system is very, very good, it still mispronounces roughly 8% of names. Second, many names in the US have more than one pronunciation: for example, obvious ones like Weinstein (WINE-stine or WINE-steen), less obvious ones like Macomber (mah-KAHM-ber, MAY-kahm-ber, MA kahm-ber), Shapiro (shah-PEER-oh, shah-PIE-ro), and others representing different degrees of Anglicization for names of foreign origin (you can probably imagine the different pronunciations for Pugliese, Bernier, Perez, Cai, Phong, Saephan). An individual person may use a pronunciation that's different from the one our system produces.
- Option 2. You send us a list of names and we give you web-based access to audio and human-readable phonetics for each name. For this option, we provide our expert best guess at each name and also indicate whether that pronunciation is unique, so that you could know how likely it is that an individual student pronounces his/her name that way. This service would ensure that there are no "klunkers" and would also give you an idea of how unique a pronunciation is.