Perhaps you just received an email that there will be a surprise guest at your next business meeting. Their name is in the email but for the life of you, you just can’t figure out how to pronounce it. Of course there is the old fallback of asking them, but why not get it right from the get-go and make a groovy first impression without them having to repeat their own name several times.
Even when someone has an indescribably difficult-to-pronounce name, the appreciation can be well worth the trouble of pronouncing it correctly. Author of best seller “How To Win Friends And Influence People”, Dale Carnegie stated: “a person’s name is to that person, the sweetest most important sound in any language.” Thanks to HearNames, there is a web app for that.
HearNames.com is simple, just Type the name into the search box and Press Search. There is also an interesting list of Random Names on the left sidebar.
Once the search finds the name you were looking for, Click the Play button to hear a flash format Audio demonstration of what the name should sound like. That’s all there is to it, now you can pronounce the name and possibly even discover where the name comes from.
HearNames also features a full list of names based on ethnicity. If for some reason the search isn’t finding the name you are looking for, this would be the next place to check for a name with similar spelling.
If you’ve searched high and low and can’t find the name, HearNames has a request button. Granted this won’t be immediate gratification, but if you don’t know anyone else this is a good last resort.