Ceremonies Pronunciation Guide

for staff presenting at the LSE Graduation Ceremonies

A guide to the suggested pronunciation of common names for ceremony presenters

Person stood at lectern in Graduation ceremony

The following is a guide to the suggested pronunciation of common names provided by the Language Centre. If there are names which you would like to be added to this list, please contact Ceremonies.

We also suggest using the website Inogolo.com as a pronunciation guide, as it contains audio files of most names in addition to the phonetic spelling.

If you are in any doubt over the correct pronunciation of a particular name, please speak to your Departmental administrative team and/or the Language Centre staff.

A

Name

Suggested Pronunciation

Aarsh

Arsh

Abd as in Abd Allah

“Abbed”- ullah

Abgadzhava (“dzh” in Russian?)

Ab-ga-jah-va (j as in jug)

Afxentiadis (“Afxe” in Greek?)

Aff-ch(Scottish loch)-enn-tee-ah-dees

Ahmad

Ahmed

Arch-med (ch like Scottish loch)

Andrzejewicz

And-je-ye-vitch

(drz = like the word Je in French)

(j = y as in yes)

(wicz = vitch)                                                                            

Ang

Ang

B

Name                                               

Suggested Pronunciation                                                  

Baenziger

Bentsinger

Barciauskas

Bar-see-ows-kas

Benkowski

Ben-kov-skee (owski = ovski)

Berczik

Ber-cheek (czik = cheek)

Bhatia

Bar-TEE-ya

Bhattacharya

Battar-CAR-reeya

Bienczak

Been-chark (cz = ch)

Bojovic

Bo-yo-vitch (ic = itch)

Bui

Bwee

C

Name                                                  

Suggested Pronunciation

Cai

Tsai (like s[igh] in English with "t" sound at the beginning)

Cao

Tsao (vowel like in English "c[ow]")

Celhay

Tsell-hay

Cernusakova

Cher-nusha-kovah

Chahed

Sha-hed

Chartorizhsky

Shah-tor-ridge-skee

Chatzidakiris

Shatzi- da-kir-is

Che

Chay   ch-g[ir]l

Cheung / Chung

shung

Chiu / Chui

shi-u

Chivu

Tchivoo

Cho

sho

Choi

Shoy

Chowdhury

COW-duree

Chua

Shua

Chugh

Ch (like Scottish loch)-oog

Cvijanovic

Sveearnovitch (cv = sv)

D

Name                                              

Suggested Pronunciation                                                  

Dai

Like Eng. DIE

Damiani 

Dahmeeanee

Delestrade

Deh-less-strahd

Djimi

Almost like “Jimmy” but longer ee sound

Djojosugito

Jo-yo-su-gee-toh

Du / Duan

Ju/Juan    d-oo/d-oo-an


Dzieciaszek 

(“Dz” and “sz” in Polish?)

Je-chich-ashek

(dz = J as in james when followed by an i )

(c = ch as in chair)

(sz = sh as in shop)

Dziedziniewicz (Polish)

Je-jine-vitch

E

Name                                              

Suggested Pronunciation                                                  

El Koussa

El Koossah

Er

Air

F

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Fan

Fahn

G

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Gao

Gow    g-[ou]t

Geclowicz

Geh-klo-vitz

Gjebrea

Jeb(like jug)-bray-ah

Gkampesi / Gkanoutas

Kan-u-tas/Kam-pay-zee

Goh

Go

Gohil / Gohel

GO-heel/Go-hell

Gollo

Gaw – low

Gruszczynski / Kaszynski

Groo-shin-skee/Kah-shink-ski

Gu

Goo

Guan

Gwahn

Guemar

Goo-ay-mah

Guo

Goo -oh

H

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Hei

Hay

Hongyi

Hong Yee

Hou

How

Hristov / Hristova

A lighter ch sound as in Scottish Loch : Chris-toff/ 

Chris-tova

Hsiao

Tsi-ow (like bow-wow)

Hsieh

Tsi-ay

Hsu

Tsue

Huang

Whu-ang 

Hui

Hu-wee

Huynh

Whu -unn

I

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Ilczyszyn

Very difficult!!! Eel-chi-shin

Ioana

EEyoana

J

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Jayaswal

Yay-ars-wahl

Jeong

Jong ( the J like the Eng. Jaguar)

Jha

Jah (like J in Jug)

Jha / Jhalani

Zhah/zhalani

Ji / Jia / Jian

Gee/Gee-ah/Gee-ehn like children’s English gee-gee

or jug

Jiang

Jee-ang

Ju

Ju (like J in Jug)

Junyan

Yun –yan  

K

Surname                                  

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Kaszynski

Kah-shink-ski

L

Name                                       

Suggested Pronunciation                                        

Lai / Lau

Lie/ Low like bow wow)

Leong / Leung

Lay-ung

Li

Lee

Liang

Lee-ang

Liew

Lee-uh

Liu / Luo

Lee-u/Lu-oh

M

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation

Malhotra

Mal-hoh-tra

Marzia

Martsia

Mehler / Mehra

Mailer/may-rahg

Mehta

May-tah

Mohammad

Mohammed

Moumouri

Moo-moori

Mueller

Difficult like short French “u”. If you can’t do it, say Muller

N

Surname 

Suggested Pronunciation

Ng

All the following are the most diplomatic approximations as the Ng sound is really just a nasalised introductory sound.

Ing (as in England)

Ngam

Nuh-GAHM

Ngan

Nuh-GAHN

Ngau

Nuh-GOW (bow-wow)

Ngo

Nuh-GOH

Niu

New

O

O
Name Pronunciation 
 Odrowaz  Odrorwahz
 Oh  Oh

P

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Panayiotou 

Pah-nay-yee-ot-too

Pandya

Pand-DEE-ya

Pierre-Charles

Pierre Sharl

Png

Puhn

Q

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Qi

Chee

Qian

Chee-an

Qiu

Chee-oo (like boo)

Qu

Choo (like boo)

Quarteroni

Kwarteroh-nee

Quraishi

Kee-ray-shi

R

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Rai

A bit like English RYE

Rauf

Roaf (as in loaf)

Riaz

Ree-az

S

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Shaikh / Sheikh

Like English Shake

Shi / Shih

Shee

Songzhou

Song –  jouh (as in ouch!)

Srinivasan

Sur-rinni-vah-san

Stepanovs

Steppanoffs

Sypniewska

Soup-nee-ay-veskah

Sztenke

Shuhtenkuh

T

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Teo

Tay - oh

Tkach

Kartch

Tkalec

Kah-letch

Toh / Tok

Toe/Toe-k

X

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Xia

Sh-ee-a / Shah

Xiao

Sh-ee-a-o (Sh-ee-[ou]t)

Xiaoyang

Shou (as in in “ouch!”) –yang

Xie

Jay  sh-ee-[ye]s

Xin

Gin (!)    sh-in

Xu

Jew  sh-i with a circle lip

Xue

Jew-ay   sh

Y

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Yanran

Yan-ran

Yau

Yow (bow wow)

Yaohui

Ya –o- hooey

Yeo / Yeoh

Yay-oh

Yu

Ü  (like "ee" with round lips)

Yuen

Yu-en

Yuan / Yuen

Yu-ann/Yu-enn

Yuewen

Yoou-ay-wen

Yuh

Like English you

Z

Name                                      

Suggested Pronunciation                                         

Zaida

Zie (like English Die)-da

Zaidi

Zeye (like eye) –ee-dee

Zhang

Jang

Zhao

[Ju]g - [o] - Zh like J in "jug" - vowels like in n[ow]

Zhe

Jay

Zhou

like English Joe

Zheng

Jeng

Zhu

Jew

Zhuang

Jew-ahng

Zycinski

Zee-shinski

 

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