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    Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    Hi,

    Recently I started my own company, with my last name in it. I'm Dutch, so I don't really know how native English speaking people would pronounce my name, and I want it to be readable by people outside of my own country. My last name is Mooij, but I changed it to Mooy in my company name because I thought that was easier to read and pronounce for people from English speaking countries. I am however doubting this, so I want to ask the opinion of some native English speaking people here on this forum. My full company name right now is Mooy Sales & Consultancy, and I will change it to Mooij Sales & Consultancy if that sounds any better.


    So how would you pronounce the two names, and which one sounds and reads better / more professionally?


    Thanks in advance, you would help me a lot!


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    Re: Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    There's not much difference to me, but Mooji may have a slight edge, but it will sound like Muji.

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    Re: Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    I'd say Mui - stress on the 'u', and two definite syllables. I'd also pronounce 'Mooij' that way if I had to guess - only because I know that 'j' in German, as in 'ja', is pronounced 'y'.
    But I could also be persuaded to say 'Moy' - ie. with a diphthong.

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    Re: Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    Ooops- misread the name.

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    Re: Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    Mooy might be Moo-ee or moy (rhymes with boy)

    Mooij might me moo-idge or moo-eej

    I wouldn't know to recognize it was Dutch or German.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Need to know how my name is pronounced by native English speaking people

    I'm sorry for my late reply. I thought I'd be notified by e-mail if somebody replied, but I didn't.

    Anyway, thank you very much for your replies! It's very helpful. I finally know how you would pronounce it in English. And it is indeed like German, we pronounce the "J' as "y", and "ij" also as y.

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