To answer Ben, I think the original name, i.e., Mlokosewicz , or Gates whould be pronounced in Polish or English with the Latin ending pronounced in the latinate way. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Zonneveld, B.J.M. (Ben)" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 3:12 AM Subject: [pbs] pronounciation of english > The funny thing is that only English speakers every time wonder how to > pronounce a name . The explanation is simple. There are about 35 > different sounds in every language. There are also about the same number > ,35, of ways to write these sounds. With one exception unfortunately > .The English has about 800 different ways to write these same 35 sounds.