(Closed) Would you have trouble pronouncing any of these names?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 46
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Ones I can pronounce: Runa/Luna, Kaede, Hotaru, Akane, Hana, Hikari, Mirai, Sora, Tsubasa, Hikaru, Kenta, Hiro, Yuuta.

Ones I cannot: Chihiro, Eiji.

So I actually think you’re doing OK.

Post # 47
13674 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I could probably fumble through most of them, but they all sound awkward to me. 

Post # 48
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

I know all of those names, but I also live in Japan. Akane, Kaede, and Tsubasa might be intimidating for some based on spelling, but the pronunciation isn’t hard. I think your list of names would be pretty easy for most people once they are taught how to properly say them.

Ease of pronunciation of Japanese names is something on my mind too, for when the time comes to have kids. I like how your list is all fairly traditional Japanese names. Have you thought of kanji, too? There are so many kids here with weird, unreadable names nowadays. I like pretty traditional names in either Japanese or English for half-Japanese kids. No kirakira names. 

Post # 49
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If I hear someone say them correctly I would just be able to mimick it but reading some of them I just know I’m ruining them.

Post # 51
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Jabberwocky:  I thought I was pronouncing a lot of them right in my head, but them I read your pronunciations and realized I had many of them wrong! If someone introduced themself with one of those names, I wouldn’t have trouble.

Post # 52
2847 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


LeonardLady:  I would have said Kade as well.  I would butcher them all except Luna and Hana.  I have a Ben and a Natalie for a reason.  I like simple, classic names.

Post # 53
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would butcher every single one of those names, except for Runa/Luna, Hana, and Sora.  With that said, though, that’s as a stranger.  If it were a family member, I’d learn how to pronounce it.  I’m also American, and not very familiar with Japanese names, so I’d guess where you live these names would not be an issue.

Post # 55
8 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I actually lived in Japan for a year as a teacher, and had students with most of those names. Based on that, all of the names became easy for me within a short period of time except for Kaede. I had so much trouble with the “de” sound at the end, alternating between “day” “da” and “deh”. It didn’t come naturally to me as an English speaker. English tongues might have trouble with Tsubasa as well, since “tsu” is another sound that is difficult to reproduce. I think for all of the others, people will pick up on it soon enough, so don’t worry. My absolute favorites are “Chihiro” (I loved Spirited Away), Mirai, Sora, and Hiro.

Post # 56
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Jabberwocky:  I love these names! I wouldn’t be too worried about people not knowing how to pronounce them… You tell them, they learn and get used to it. I dont think any of these names are impossible for an English speaker to pronounce. Lovely choices. 

<br />PS totes jealous you are livng in Japan I have always wanted to visit!

Post # 57
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The one I had the hardest time with was Kaede, but now that I know the proper pronunciation ( I thought it was Kade), it is my favourite on the list.  It doesn’t really matter if some are harder than others to pronounce for Americans, because you are living in Japan and to be honest there are some English names I have a hard time pronouncing without hearing them first.

Post # 58
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Honestly, I think these would be relatively easy to pronounce. Going off your post, the only ones I had troubles with were Chihiro and Kaede. Many of them are very pretty names ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 59
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

Jabberwocky:  Yay! Love the name choices! But I really think Kaede is going to be ripped to shreds, I’d strongly suggest dropping that, sorry ๐Ÿ™

Edit: Or if you’re set on Kaede you could have her named Kaydee in the US? I had a student named Sho but his American father called him Shaun.


I’m pushing my husband for Emiri (่‹ฑ็พŽๅˆฉ) for a girl (*^_^*)/ I really want to use the British kanji in there to represent me. Do you have a favourite kanji? My husband and I have one each we want to use and are building the name from there ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 60
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

 This is how I would pronounce them…. 

Chihiro: no idea

Runa/Luna: Rue-na or Lou-na

Kaede: Kay-dee

Hotaru: no idea

Akane: a-cane?

Hana: Hannah?

Hikari: Hick-ar-ee

Mirai: Mirror-ah?

Sora:  sore-ah 

Tsubasa: no idea.

Hikaru: Hi-kar-u

Eiji: no idea 

Kenta: Ken-ta

Hiro: Hi-row

Yuuta: no idea 


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