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Zoubin Ghahramani is a computer scientist and statistician. I tried Google translate but it sound a little weird. Does anyone know the pronunciation of his name? Is it from another language other than English? Or as Google translate suggests, is it a Turkish name? Thank you.

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It's definitely not English. I would guess Turkish, Ukrainian, or something around that area. As an English speaker, if I was forced to say his name, I would say something like "Zoo-bin Gah-rah-mah-nee." –  Ben Mar 25 '13 at 20:36
    
I seldom hear English speakers pronounce 'Kabul" correctly, putting the emphasis on the first syllable rather than the second. My point is that if you pronounce this in English it will never really be correct as it is not English. I am sure there are several acceptable pronunciations which will have various levels of acceptance depending on who you are speaking with. –  Octopus Mar 25 '13 at 21:59
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That's a persian name. In Persian Zoubin means "lance" and ghahramani means "championship". –  Manoochehr Mar 25 '13 at 22:13

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There seems to be very little information about the origin of Gharamani's name, although his own website gives a clue.

My early childhood was spent in the former Soviet Union and Iran.

It is likely that his family came from south-west of the Caspian Sea. Ben's comment is illuminating.

English speakers would pronounce his name /ˈzʊbɪn ˌgæræˈmα:nɪ/. He may pronounce it differently himself.

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Thank you for the IPA, but I still want to call one's name in his native language. –  ziyuang Mar 26 '13 at 0:04
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@ziyuang If you want details of how to produce a foreign name in that language then an English-language forum is not the right place to ask. –  St John of the Cross Mar 26 '13 at 13:29

The pronunciation is Zu-Bi-N Ga-ra-ma-ni.

  • Zoubin >> IPA /ˈzubɪn/ || spelled as zoo-bin
  • Ghahramani >> IPA /ɡæ ræ mɑː ni/ || spelled as here
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IPA or it doesn’t help anybody at all. –  tchrist Mar 25 '13 at 22:48
    
@tchrist; Thanks, have updated. –  Raghav Mar 26 '13 at 1:46

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