Mathematics Pronunciation Guide

Mathematics Pronunciation Guide

A Megametamathematical Guide of the Proper American English Pronunciation of Terms and Namesfor the for the Diacritally Challenged,


This guide includes most mathematicians and mathematical terms that may been encountered in high school and the first two years of college. Proper names are generally pronounced as in the original language. Some entries are obscure and may be useful only in a game of mathematical trivia, e. g. d'Alembert's mother, the name of the line in a fraction, or who shot Galois. I have not had the time to include most definitions or accomplishments. The curious person may try searching the internet for such information.


(The red dates and purple pronunciations are not links.) Please let me know about any errors. I have tried to find at least two references for each item but sometimes was not able to do so. Comments and suggestions welcomed. Any help with missing dates and pronunciations will also be welcomed.

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by UW-Waukesha.

Copyright © 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 by Kent Kromarek

Pronunciation Key and Notes:

a as in sat,

g as in go,

oy as in boy,

ah as in bother,

hw as in what,

s as in sat,

air as in pair,

i or ih as in sit,

ss as in case,

aw as in saw,

y, ye, or igh as in tie,

th as in thin,

ay as in lay,

j as in jet,

th as in this,

e as in set,

o as in cot,

u as in put,

ee as in bee,

oh as in toe,

uh as in cup or ago,

er as in bird,

oo as in moon,

uh is also used in place of the schwa,

ehr as in berry,

ow as in now,

[ng] as in ring,



zh as in vision,

The following do not have English equivalents. Consult a fluent speaker of the appropriate language for the proper pronunciation.

[oe] as in French feu or German Schön [ue] as in French tu or German über N is a nasal n as in French bon KH as in Scottish Loch or German ich R is a rolled r

Primary stress is indicated with 'before the stressed syllable. A secondary stress is indicated with ,before the stressed syllable. Italics are used for titles, "nonenglish" words are not marked.

Since English does not contain some sounds from other languages and because I am trying to keep this relatively simple the pronunciations are sometimes only approximate, but, it is hoped, within epsilon.

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