I Didn’t Catch Your Name . . .

We had all been talking about Per Kirkeby for a few years before we were surprised to learn that our pronunciation of his last name was off. Way off. Ann Greer, director of communications and marketing, and Cecilia Wichmann, publicity and marketing manager, paid a visit to the Danish Embassy and were helpfully instructed on the correct pronunciation; quite different from the way a speaker of American English would approach the name. At a planning meeting in the spring, Ann shared the pronunciation with us and the meeting quickly devolved to a room full of people making unusual sounds and faces, trying to train our mouths to cooperate with Danish. We’ve even included a phonetic spelling in our press materials. Have you got the sound right?