More and more international people work in different countries, we therefore inevitably encounter the moment that we need to call someone’s name. Also if you graduated from a university, you wouldn’t ignore the moment when vice-chancellor was calling each individual’s name, especially the international student’s name. To avoid mispronunciation and to help people pronounce your name correctly, you can use some tools to assist.
Hear Names allows you to hear the pronunciation of difficult names. I checked a few Chinese names. As it’s recorded by Chinese native speakers so the pronunciation is correct. However (1) it only covers common Chinese surnames. (2) I searched my name (no matter what order I used), it showed as Thai Girl Names and the pronunciation is in Thai. (3) It doesn’t include Welsh yet.
Inogolo is a easy-to-use website that provides the English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and miscellaneous stuff. I searched my name. It has my first name, but no my surname. Its pronunciation was recorded by English native speakers so the Chinese pronunciation is not as correct as the way Chinese native speakers will say. Generally speaking it’s better than the recorded pronunciation from the VOA Pronounce website.
NameCoach allows users to voice-record their names online so others can easily learn and remember how to call them. It’s handy and the pronunciation is correct as it’s recorded by the person themselves.
Pronounce Names is a website that allows you to record your name and add it into the dictionary so that people can learn its pronounce.
The Name Engine is a website provides audio name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and more.
VOA Pronounce is the resource that helps you to find how to pronounce names correctly, quickly and easily. I checked a few Chinese names. As it’s pronounced by English native speakers, the Chinese pronunciation is still not as correct as the way Chinese native speakers will say.
Baby Names of Ireland helps you to check pronunciation of Irish Names.
Behind the Name is a website for learning about all aspects of surnames.
Nordic Names is a personal website that for people to learn first names.