FAQs about E-Speech's name pronunciation system NameSayer
NameSayer is the most accurate name pronunciation software in existence. Our staff of PhDs have spent years researching the pronunciation of the names of people in the US. However, our system is not perfect. There are two reasons why NameSayer may produce a pronunciation different from the one you expect.1. Many names - in fact, about 1/4 of all names in the US - have more than one pronunciation, and different people adopt different alternatives. For example,
2. NameSayer is as good - on average - as highly educated, language-oriented speakers of English. For many names it is better than highly educated people, because we have done so much research on name pronunciation. However, because there are millions of names in the United States, it is impossible to verify all of them. Therefore, NameSayer uses sophisticated spelling-to-pronunciation rules to predict reasonable pronunciations for names that our research staff have not verified. Because our rules are not perfect, NameSayer will make mistakes on unverified names more frequently than will educated people. Overall, NameSayer mispronounces 7% of names; for difficult names, NameSayer's error rate may be higher. If you need to know for certain if a particular pronunciation is an acceptable pronunciation, please get in touch with us.