How do I pronounce Gaudí, the architect?

How do I pronounce ‘Gaudi’, in the name of Antoni Gaudí (the architect)? Answer The “au” in Catalan (his native language) is pronounced like English “ow” (how, cow …etc) and there’s an accent on the “i” to indicate emphasis, so you pronounce it as “gow-DEE”. However, most native English speakers would not be aware of … Read more

How to pronounce Louis Armstrong

I think the standard Irish/British pronunciation is as in Louis the king. But musicians seem to say “Lewis”. I’ve heard people say Joe Louis as in the king as well. Is this wrong? Answer This is a cool question. One of my favorite musicals is the movie version of Hello, Dolly! with Barbara Streisand. When … Read more

Pronunciation of “Sarah”, “Sara” and other names with the letter “a” before “r”

In Britain (or perhaps just Scotland) the names “Sara” and “Sarah” are pronounced different. Sara: Sah-rah (“a” as in “bat”) Sarah: Se-rah (“a” as in “air”) In the US and Canada, Sarah and Sara are both pronounced like “Sarah”. In addition, there are other examples which are pronounced the same in North America (NA). Marry … Read more

In the format of A.B. Name, which is the given name and which is the family name?

For example, Bill Henry Gates, which of following is right? Bill H.Gates B.H. Gates H.G. Bill Gates Bill B. Gates H. Gates BHG HGB GHB Answer In English, names are usually written in the format: [First given name] [family name], e.g.John O’Reilly Sometimes they are written: [First given name] [other given names] [family name], e.g.John … Read more