With so many international reporters and editors, TV producers and radio show hosts, it’s more important than ever that you pronounce their names correctly, particularly if you are appearing on their shows or pitching them by phone.
Ditto for potential clients and bosses, or for audience members who you call on from the platform if you’re a speaker or trainer.
HowtoSayThatName.com is the perfect place to learn. First, choose the correct language or nationality from the left side of the screen. Then type in the name you don’t know how to pronounce and click on the audio button. You’ll hear a native speaker pronouncing the name.
Aside from the more common languages like French, Italian and Chinese, you’ll find more obscure languages, too, like Xhosa, Kikuya, Mandinka, Maasai and Wolof. Want to learn the correct pronunciation but not sure of the language you should choose? Type in the name anyway.
If you REALLY want to impress somebody and let them know you know the meaning behind their name, check out 20000Names.com, which features 20,000 names categorized by country, language and meaning.