How do you pronounce Payet, Błaszczykowski and Griezmann?

July 8, 2016

Euro 2016 has sparked a lot of interest in Forvo, with many of our users trying to find out how to pronounce the names of the some of the continent's top footballers.

The top three requested pronunciations for the month of June were the following: Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, and Jakub Błaszczykowski. The success of the home team may have something to do with the two French footballers featuring so highly. Particularly in the case of Atlético Madrid striker Griezmann who is the tournament's top scorer. Those requesting the correct pronunciation of Dimitri Payet may likely have been wondering whether to pronounce that final 't' or not. In the case of Błaszczykowski, for non-native speakers of Polish, several listens may be required in order to accurately reproduce the pronunciation of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder! Hugo Lloris, Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi were three other Euro 2016 stars making Forvo's list of most pronounced for the month of June. And although he wasn't playing at the tournament, new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly featured highly in the logs too.

But June wasn't just about football. The UK's referendum over its membership of the European Union was the month's biggest news story by far. This was reflected on Forvo with the words Brexit, Nigel Farage, Jean-Claude Juncker, Nicola Sturgeon and Andrea Leadsom all receiving a large amount of hits.

Which way do you pronounce 'Brexit'?

— Forvo Pronunciations (@forvo) July 8, 2016

The pronunciation of former UKIP leader Farage has been covered in a previous post, but the correct way to say Brexit has provoked debate. Should it be 'breksit' or 'bregzit'? We'll let you decide that one in our Twitter poll.