How Do You Say That Name?
Don’t be a dumbass when talking about Dumas.
One of the hardest things for an announcer is saying names properly and one of the most embarrassing things is when you’re caught saying words, names or places incorrectly. There’s help out there. If you belong to a wire service, like AP, or a network like ABC, ESPN, CBS or others pronunciation guides are available. But, what if you’re in a hurry and you don’t trust the guy sitting at the microphone next to you?
Here are six websites to consider trying out.
HOWJSAY This is a free online talking dictionary of English pronunciations.
PRO•NOUNCE This is a website run by Voice of America and provides information on how to correctly pronounce names and places around the world.
PRONOUNCE NAMES This site has three main purposes; look-up pronunciation of a name, submit pronunciation of a name so others can pronounce it correctly, request pronunciation of a name that you don’t know and would like to find out.
HEAR NAMES – Pronounce names from around the World.
INOGOLO The practical, easy-to-use website devoted to the English pronunciation of the names of people, places, and miscellaneous stuff.
THE NAME ENGINE This site provides the correct name pronunciations of athletes, entertainers, politicians, newsmakers, and more.