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How to Pronounce Indian Names: Part 2

October 22nd, 2006 · 5 Comments

Following up on a previous blog, how to pronounce Indian names: I found a great explanation of how to pronounce Indian names that covers some areas I missed. And, to make it even better, the author of the site (Chad Fowler), is also a Rails advocate. More power to him! Here’s a link to his post about Indian names.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kellycpp // May 21, 2010 at 8:20 am

    broken link (sigh)

  • 2 kellycpp // May 21, 2010 at 8:26 am


  • 3 Kinji // Jun 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Also found it here, I think:

  • 4 Priti // Jul 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    1. The sound of “th” : The only 3 people to get the “t” in my name right were originally from Phillipines, Slovakia and Italy. Sadly, everybody else just opts for a the closest English rhyming word.

    So if you cannot find an Indian around you, some other folks may be able to help you.

    In some parts of India, “t” would be replaced by “th” in writing and yet pronounced the same. So the same key holds the answer to “th” and “t”.

    Another secret is that in Hindi the alpabets are grouped by palate. The sound of “N” and Indian “T” are in the same group. Try pronouncing T the same way as N.

    2. There is a one to one relationship between letters of the alphabet and their sounds in Hindi/Sanskrit script. There are 12 vowels and 36 consonants. Hard to find the right match in 26 English alphabets.

    A is usually used for sounds of aah and uh
    E is used for eh
    I is used for short i as in pit
    O is used for o as in over
    U is used for uh
    OO is used for long o as in food

    Hope that helps.

  • 5 Emily // May 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I found a link to Chad’s post that works (previous link had part of the URL cut off):

    Thanks very much, I am forever struggling with Indian names, especially when the emphasis is on a different syllable than I think it will be.

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