Expert Name Pronunciation
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Feel confident. Pronounce the names of your students and alumni correctly.
When you are faced with the daunting task of pronouncing names of students from many ethnic backgrounds, we can help you.
With our services, you can feel confident when you announce names at the podium during commencement.
We are experts in pronouncing people's names, with many years of experience.
Our services have been used for years by universities in the United States, Australia, and the UK.
See phonetic spelling and hear the pronunciation for every student's name quickly and cost-effectively.
Get pronunciations that an English-speaking dean can easily use, not heavily-accented or foreign-language pronunciations.
Let your students approve or correct it .... or record it themselves. NameSayer is good:
90% of students approve a NameSayer pronunciation
As a dean at an American or international university, you know how important commencement day is to your graduating students and their families.
Honor, respect, recognize, and impress your graduates as they march across the stage, culminating their years of work and achievement.
In a recent
GradImages survey asking
"What parts of commencement are important to you?",
86% of respondents said "being individually recognized, and hearing their name (or their loved one's name) called over the public address system was important. This trounced all other ceremony elements by wide margins".
We can help.
For each of your students, we provide:
- intelligent phonetic spelling that is easy for an English speaker to interpret. Phonetic spellings that are provided by students are often inaccurate, since many students, especially non-native speakers, do not know how to write a phonetic spelling.
- highly intelligible audio in English generated by an English-speaking speech synthesizer. Audio that is recorded by students is often hard to understand if the speaker has a heavy foreign accent, or if the speaker speaks in a foreign language, or speaks in poor or noisy acoustic conditions.
We have a solid track record: universities have been using our services since 2007. We work closely with you to make sure you get what you need, and cost-effectively. Our university customers say:
"Using your software, we went from a huge undertaking that took us around three weeks down to approximately 1 day."
"This software is great, thanks!"
"Your customer service is FANTASTIC."
We offer 4 services:
Service 1. Use our affordable online NameSayer tool
- $300 for a commencement season, for use by a university staff member.
- or $100 for 200 one-word names, for use by a university staff member for commencement.
Here's what you get:
Try it yourself.
Service 2. Use our quick NameSayer ...
- Starting at $500
Ideal if you have a lot of difficult-to-pronounce names and you just want an intelligent pronunciation for each one.
- Upload your names from Excel and instantly get the phonetic spelling for each name.
- NameSayer gives you the most common pronunciation for each name.
- Download the phonetic spellings as a CSV file
| Student Name || Phonetic Spelling |
| Cate Allen || Kate Allen |
| Nichole Alysse Adams || Nicole uh-LEESE Adams |
| Putri Alghamdi || poo-TREE ahl GAHM-dee |
| Deepika Choudry || DEE-pih-kuh CHOW-dree |
| Andrea Nelson || ANN-dree-uh Nelson |
| Kiran Pangilinan || KEE-ruhn pang-uh-LEE-nuhn |
| Xiaoxin Zhang || shee-"ow!"-SHIN JAHNG |
| John Smith || John Smith |
| Mathieu Weinstein || Matthew WINE-stine |
Service 3. Use our NameSayer personalized commencement system.
- Starting at $750
Upload your student names from Excel and instantly get pronunciations with phonetic spelling and audio for every student.
Have your students login and approve or correct the pronunciation of their name. NameSayer gives multiple pronunciations for names with more than one pronunciation - like Weinstein - so it's easy for students to choose. .... But if none is right, they can record it themselves.
- 90% of students who login approve a NameSayer pronunciation.
Just before commencement,
upload your walking list, including honors, and NameSayer produces a printable walking list with pronunciations.
Download the list to Excel, or just print it and bring it right to the podium. You can see and hear the pronunciation for each student.
| Student Name || Phonetic Spelling || Hear it |
| Yourschool University 101th Annual Commencement |
| Spring 2016 |
| Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts |
| || Cate Allen || Kate Allen ||
|✔|| Nichole Alysse Adams || Nicole uh-LEESE Adams ||
| Ms. Adams graduates summa cum laude |
| || Putri Alghamdi || poo-TREE ahl GAHM-dee ||
|✔|| Deepika Choudry || DEE-pih-kuh CHOW-dree ||
|✔|| John Smith || John Smith ||
| Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Science |
|✔|| Andrea Nelson || ahn-DRAY-uh Nelson ||
|✔|| Mathieu Weinstein || Matthew WINE-steen ||
| || Xiaoxin Zhang || shee-"ow!"-SHIN JAHNG ||
Service 4. Have us help you ...
- Send us a list of your names.
- We provide our expert pronunciation for each name
- We send you a website link or an Excel spreadsheet
We'd be happy to speak to you about these services.