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I think it's pronounce like Pwig.
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Erakovic... I keep calling her Errorkovic

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Zarah Razafimahatratra

My tongue refused to try to pronounce this.

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In Serbia everyone call her Liziki, even I have started calling her like that. Isn't that correct pronunciation?
I believe it's pronounced Lishitsky
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One that always gets me is Czink. Is it Shink? Sink? (derogatory term)? Also, Hlavavavavavatzkova.
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One that always gets me is Czink. Is it Shink? Sink? (derogatory term)? Also, Hlavavavavavatzkova.
Funny story, my mom walks in when I'm watching a Pavlyuchenkova match one time.
Mom: Hey! Who's playing?
Me: Oh just some little German girl playing Pavlyuchenkova.
Mom: *Look of horror* Bless you? *Slowly backs away and closes door...*
I think Cz should be pronounced like ts in cats
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I think Cz should be pronounced like ts in cats
Yeah, I'm saying on her Tsink with the 'ts'. But usually it's better to translate this in english, just only 's' - Sink.

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I believe it's pronounced Lishitsky
In Poland we called her Sabina Lishitzka

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I sometimes struggle with a few of the Eastern European names that have some consonants together which we never see in English. Those like "Kv" and "Hl" in the Czech names "Kvitova" and "Hlavackova". I can say these of course, but they're probably the "trickiest" ones for me.

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Can someone explain to me why so many people tend to pronounce Petra's name like "Ki-vi-to-va"?
Because we don't have that Kv sound in English. So most people need to put a vowel sound in between them to be able pronounce it. Really it's not so hard if you practice it a few times. Just put your lips in a V position while saying K.
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To me German and Italian names are quite easy to pronounce for instance "Errani" or "Görges" and in Finnish and Swedish alphabet last two letters are ä and ö. I think German is more logical language to pronounce than English, but the German grammar is more complicated starting with 3 genders (der, das, die) and some other tricky things.

I would say that some French names are more difficult to pronounce because there seem to be lots of letters at the end of the name that disappears somewhere. If Bordeaux was a Finnish city, the letter X would be pronounce as clearly as X (Ks) in the words six or sex.

On the other hand some East European names are just hard to remember correctly like Pavlyuchenkova.
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Varatchaya Wongteanchai is a clear winner IMO.

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Why? It's so simple
Most people pronounce her first name as it is written in English. However I might be wrong but I think in Germany the e is pronounced as if it was accented. Maybe a german person can correct me on this but I think her name should be pronounced Sabiné.
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I think Cz should be pronounced like ts in cats
Yes. It Tsink!

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I'm sure you can not pronounce Szávay correctly.

This is the correct pronunciation: http://translate.google.hu/#hu/en/Sz%C3%A1vay (Let's hear the hungarian version)

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I'm sure you can not pronounce Szávay correctly.

This is the correct pronunciation: http://translate.google.hu/#hu/en/Sz%C3%A1vay (Let's hear the hungarian version)
I pronounce it as 'Shaway'
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