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    brandnew is offline Newbie
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    Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I'm about to move and live in North America soon and I have a little problem with spelling and reading my surname. Providing that i have russian background, i was taught to write my surname like: Yuldashev. But it seems to me that the correct one should be written like: Uldashev or even Uldasheff?
    Originally, it should sound like: [ju:l'dashef]
    So, could you please advise me whether to use U or Yu.
    Thank you beforehand.

    Kind regards,
    Al

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    If I were you, I would write my name as I had been taught.

    Maybe there is a different spelling, but no-one will care if you tell them it's spellt your way. (Same goes for pronounciation. Why should you "re-name" yourself?)

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    It seems that "Yuldashev" is more popular in Russian

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    If you made a sound file of you saying it, we could say what we hear.

    I looked at a site listing the top 100,000 US last names hoping to see what other Russians had used. None of your variations appeared.

    Google:
    Yuldashev: 39,500 hits
    Uldashev: 37,800 hits
    Uldasheff: 1 hit

    It looks to me like both of the top 2 variations are in use, google keeps suggesting the former.

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    Hi,

    A lot of North Americans have difficulty with names from other countries-- I think that which ever way you choose to spell it, you will probably find that you have to spell it out for people. I think that many people hearing the name would assume it starts with a Y.

    I hope this helps!

    Mary

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    Quote Originally Posted by steph_333 View Post
    If I were you, I would write my name as I had been taught.

    Maybe there is a different spelling, but no-one will care if you tell them it's spellt your way. (Same goes for pronounciation. Why should you "re-name" yourself?)
    U r absolutely right! Thanks for reply! I've just thought of probable local features in North America grammar if any. And, surely, i don't wanna make any changes to my surname as it's mine. :)

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    Re: Please help. how to write and pronounce my surname in english

    Quote Originally Posted by MaryTeacher View Post
    Hi,

    A lot of North Americans have difficulty with names from other countries-- I think that which ever way you choose to spell it, you will probably find that you have to spell it out for people. I think that many people hearing the name would assume it starts with a Y.

    I hope this helps!

    Mary

    Thank you for your reply, Mary. To tell the truth, Canada is exactly the place i'm moving to. So...your information was very precious to me. I think I'll do no changes in my surname's writing as it's already starts with Y
    See u later and thanks!

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