I once got to know an Irish girl called Fiodhna. Now if you think it’s pronounced FI-OD-NA, you could not be more wrong!
It’s common to have international colleagues these days and while some may have easier-to-pronounce names like Alex, Valerie, Sarah, or even Daniel, others may have names that aren’t so straightforward to Spaniards.
For example, that Chinese colleague from finance called Xiao Yu or the new Danish guy called Bjørn. It probably won’t be easy to catch it the first time they introduce themselves and chances are you’ll have to ask them to repeat. Here’s how to do so politely.
Ask them to repeat
👉 I’m sorry I didn’t quite catch that.
👉 Could you repeat your name again slowly?
Asking them to spell it:
👉 How do you spell that?
👉 Is that with a ‘c’ or a ‘k’?
Trying to pronounce it:
👉 Is that pronounced like a ‘u’ or a ‘o’?
👉 [name pronunciation]. Is that correct?
P.S. It’s pronounced ‘Fina’!
Hope that helps!
Soy el director de Daniel Smith + Partners. Tengo más de 15 años de experiencia enseñando inglés a españoles.