International Phonetic Alphabet

I am in Chicago at the Architecture and Design World, and today I went to a session on API design. The talk was given by Elliotte Rusty Harold, who wrote more books than I would ever guess (see his home page). The talk covered the most important do’s and don’ts of API design and was very well-delivered.


At the end of the talk Elliotte recommended some API design related books, including the FDG book. He said something like: A great book written by Brad Abrams and somebody whose name I cannot pronounce. J


… which made me think that Elliotte might not be the only person who wonders whether it’s even possible to pronounce a name with 3+ times as many consonants as vowels. J


So, here you go. This is my name (slightly Americanized) written in the International Phonetic Alphabet:

krYstof swalina


The closest English spelling would probably be something like “kristof swahleenah.”


BTW, I wish there was a web page where I could type in a word written in the International Phonetic Alphabet and have it converted to a sound file and played. Anybody knows anything like that?

Comments (7)

  1. dono says:

    Thanks for the IPA. I was really butchering your last name 😀

    As for IPA -> sound, the benefits would really depend on the type of IPA transcription used: broad vs. narrow. A system producing sound files based on a narrow transcription would more useful than one based on a broad transcription.


  2. SeeR says:

    You are of Polish descent, right ??

  3. Diego says:

    Can I call you Cristian Sualina? or Cristóbal Sualina?

  4. Yes, I am Polish.

    Diego, these seem fine, though don’t blame me if I don’t respond 🙂 And seriously, I think Cristobal is basically spanish version of my name. Cristian, I am not sure.

  5. Thanuja S says:

    I anyway like to  address u as KC as in my mails…it is easy:)…i really dint know how to pronounce your name until i saw u pronounced it in the vedio in the FDG book.

  6. Yeah, I use "kc" myself from time to time.

  7. damieng says:

    Err, you could just record yourself saying your name and put the wmv/mp3 up.  

    I’m sure people could manage to play that back.