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If You Don’t Know How to Say Someone’s Name, Just Ask

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It is common courtesy to spell out or pronounce the name of a colleague correctly. However, many people with non-generic or non-western names face a problem of their name not being registered in the right way in other people's minds.

This results in a less inclusive workplace, both ph...

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  • Having a non-white name that is hard to pronounce or remember can negatively impact our chances of employment in many western countries, and the screening starts at the resume itself.
  • Mispronunciation of a name also results in an ‘internal cringe’ when it is heard by the namesake,...

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  1. Ask the person to pronounce it and listen attentively.
  2. Don’t make it obvious that the name is unheard of, unpronounceable, or awkward to pronounce.
  3. Observe how the name is pronounced, clarify it again and practice it a few times.
  4. If the name has been mispronounced...

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  1. Create a phonetic recalling word or object that is memorable, associating it with the name so that the correct pronunciation is easily verbalized (like Ruchika is pronounced ‘roo-chee-ka’, as your ‘cheek’)
  2. Interrupt and correct p...

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