How do I pronounce my sponsored child's name?

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I am a new sponsor and am thrilled to be a part of Compassion!  Is there a way to get a proper pronunciation of my child's name? (Both full and nickname) I have a guess at the nickname, but I want to be saying it right as I'm telling people about her! :)

Idea:  this should come standard in the welcome packet - at least the pronunciation of the nickname.  It would be a great addition.

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Nicole! Regrettably, we cannot tell you how to pronounce your child's name. It is often a challenge to pronounce a child's name in a very different language. Name pronunciation may even vary within the same language. We recommend that you pronounce your child's name as phonetically as possible. Many sponsors give their sponsored child a nickname if their child's name is very long or hard to pronounce. That way you, and your family can discuss and pray for your child with ease. Remember, the Lord knows who you are referring to. If your sponsored child writes and signs their name, this is the best name to use when you write back to them. 

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Andrea Watt

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It really can be hard to predict. I have two boys in Guatemala. Jose is pronounced the way you'd expect for a Spanish name Hose (from an American English perspective) but Jerik does not have the H sound for the J, it's still an English sounding J. They live within 60 miles (90km) of each other. You could always write them that you wonder and if someone at the project speaks English they maybe able to put something in the letter back? Depending on the country you might find a pronunciation guide online.
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Thanks for your responses, ladies.  Perhaps in my next letter, I will include a note to the tutor and see if he/she can provide a pronunciation for me.
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Sara Hill Loggins

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Thank you for the tip Nicole.  I sponsor a boy in Honduras name Xavier.  I have read online that this can be pronounce Ex-zavier (mostly in America) or Havier.  I would tend to lean toward Havier since he is in Honduras, but if I ever met him I would hate to mispronounce his name!