How to pronounce my name?
My name is Luke Nicholson. You can listen to the pronunciation below:
We can represent my name using IPA symbols as follows: ˌluːk ˈnɪkəlsən
These symbols aren’t as tricky to decipher as you might think. You can use my free charts for vowels and consonants to listen to the symbols.
The above transcription is fairly broad (i.e. without lots of phonetic detail). We can transcribe it more narrowly (i.e. with more phonetic detail) as follows: ˌlʉk̚ ˈnɪkəɫsən
- ʉ indicates a short central vowel. It’s central rather than back because that’s the vowel people usually use nowadays in southern England. It’s short due to pre-fortis clipping.
- k̚ indicates this consonant has no audible release. However, it can be audibly released in slower, more careful speech and it is audibly released in the audio above.
- ɫ indicates a Dark L (velarized L). It’s different to the sound at the beginning of Luke.
This transcription is true for my accent, but my name is pronounced differently in other accents!