How to Phoneticize Your Name
Example: "Alma Mater"
Step 1: Start with your entry above. Remove any names you do not wish to have read and add any nicknames and suffixes you do want read.
Step 2: Identify common names that do not need to be phoneticized and keep as they are. (Alma is a common name and a common spelling.)
Step 3: Try to think of any common words that are pronounced similarly. (Could we use "matter" for Mater? No.)
Step 4: Use the pronunciation guide to determine how to indicate the sounds in your name. (Mahtur)
Step 5: separate the syllables with a dash. (Mah-tur)
Step 6: Capitalize any syllables that should be emphasized. (MAH-tur)
End result: "Alma MAH-tur"
Say Your Name (Optional)
For additional assurance that your name will be pronounced correctly, you may also submit an audio recording for our name readers. When recording, please speak slowly and crisply. Tools to create the audio file include a voice memo app on a smartphone and the Microsoft Sound Recorder available on many PCs.