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    how to pronounce foreign names?

    Hello.

    How to pronounce foreign names like Juan, Jose, Jesus, Javier, Ángel and etc. in English?
    These names are from Spanish. I know how to pronounce them (because I'm learning Spanish too) in Spanish.
    Are they pronounced like in mother tongue?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nickle.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: how to pronounce foreign names?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello.

    How to pronounce foreign names like Juan, Jose, Jesus, Javier, Ángel and etc. in English?
    These names are from Spanish. I know how to pronounce them (because I'm learning Spanish too) in Spanish.
    Are they pronounced like in mother tongue?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nickle.
    They should be pronounced as they are in Spanish. However, you have to bear in mind that many native English speakers will have no idea about Spanish pronunciation, nor will they all be able to pronounce the throaty Spanish "jota" - j sound.

    Some names they will probably make a good attempt at - Juan is probably the easiest, followed by Jose. Sometimes people know how to pronounce them purely because there is a famous person with the same name. The name "Ángel", for example, will be pronounced by many native English speakers the same way they say the English word "angel".

    If you know how to pronounce it properly in Spanish, then pronounce it properly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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