I have a student whose name is 'Uriel' and I'm just wondering how I should pronounce it!

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    Because name pronunciations can be unique, I'd ask her just to be sure. – Kristina Lopez Sep 11 '13 at 18:03
  • It is commonly pronounced you riel. – terdon Sep 11 '13 at 18:06
  • Probably varies ... UK, US, NZ, etc... – GEdgar Sep 11 '13 at 18:08
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    This is a question about the pronunciation of a person's name. This is not really a question about the English language at all. – MetaEd Sep 12 '13 at 3:18
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    @KristinaLopez I'd assumed Finn would ask him (Uriel is one of the archangels along with Michael, Gabriel and Raphael). – Andrew Leach Sep 12 '13 at 6:51

I guess the link can be helpful.



Asking her would certainly be the best strategy. She might not pronounce it according to a dictionary.

Almost no-one takes offense at being asked their name - usually, quite the opposite.

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