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A website for the correct pronunciation of names

Posted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:37 am
by Erik_Kowal
i) According to its author, the website has two main purposes:

1. To provide an easy-to-use tool that will help English speakers pronounce difficult and commonly mispronounced names.

2. For non-English speakers and those for whom English is a second language, to provide an easy-to-use tool to help pronounce common English names, since many English names follow no phonetic rules.

Many entries come both with an approximate phonetic transcription and an audio clip. (Note: the pronunciations are primarily geared to speakers of American English).

The site also has a metasearch engine located at that allows you to run a simultaneous pronunciation search on a good handful of other, similar sites.

ii) The U.S. National Library of Congress maintains a list of (American English) pronunciations of foreign and domestic commercial names at