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How Facebook Helps People Pronounce Your Name Correctly

How Facebook Helps People Pronounce Your Name Correctly

If you’re name is hard to pronounce like mine (Crystal Girgenti), then you’re probably used to people absolutely butchering it! Even after you pronounce it several times to them, they still can’t get it.

I mean, it may not be their fault because some names don’t sound like how their spelled. Or they may have those pesky letter combinations that could go a couple of different ways like mine. This is my married name, so we can blame my husband.

I’m terrible at pronouncing names. I like to hear the person say their own name before I do so I don’t embarrass myself.

But have no fear. The fine folks over at Facebook have rolled out a fairly new “Pronunciation” feature, where you can spell out your name (and show where the emphasis goes) and people can listen to your name pronounced correctly.

It’s right on your profile and when complete, it shows a small audio file of your correctly pronounced name.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to your Profile (click your name on the top) and then you’ll see the option on the left hand side of your screen.
  2. Hover over the “Pronounces name” line and  you’ll see a little pencil icon appear. Click that.
  3. Now, you can listen to the suggested pronunciations of your first and last name. Click the blue play button next to each and select the correct one.
  4. You can also create your own, like I had to. Capital letters tell the system to place emphasis on that sound.
  5. When you’ve finished, you can confirm your pronunciation under the “Preview” option and hear your full name.
  6. Click the “Save Changes” box and you’re done!

You can head over to my profile at to hear my last name.


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  1. When I go to my profile it doesn’t have the pronounces name line and I don’t know why or how to get it on there.

  2. Instructions above are not correct.

    On your profile page, just below your cover photo, click on the “About” tab.
    In the left column, near the bottom of the list, click on “Details About You.”
    To the right, you will now see “How do you pronounce your name?”
    Click and edit.

  3. Mine doesn’t work correctly. It leaves out audio play button but has pronunciation text break down. Kind of silly without audio button to hear it.

    • Hi Carl,
      I agree. I do still see it on my profile, so I wonder if it’s just a glitch.

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