User comments for Raphael (Pronunciation Only)

I also pronounce it ra-fie-EL - despite what the name's entry says, this is a fairly common way of saying it in English speaking countries (sort of a mish-mash of the first English pronunciation and the French one).
― Anonymous User  9/29/2006
Hebrew pronunciation is reh-fah-EL. Sadly most Israeli Raphaels shorten their name to "Rafi".
noae  7/6/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Raphael here:
_satu_  1/17/2008
I'm not saying that my way is right, but I've always pronunced this name as rah-FAY-el. I prefer that pronunciation over any other I've seen listed.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2008
I agree with the already mentioned pronunciations of rah-FAY-el and ra-FIE-el - where I'm at, the pronunciation would more likely be the former, which is my preferred pronuncation of it, but I've heard the latter before, as well.

Also, in my accent (I'm from LP Michigan) Raph doesn't rhyme with cough - the vowel sounds are definitely different ('ah' like in 'ma' or 'pa' for Raph, 'aw' like in 'raw' for cough).
curiouslystrong  8/12/2008
My name is Rafael (with an "L" - Brazilian), and I never knew exactly how to pronounce it in English, until now. But it still sounds a little weird. Here we say "ra-fa-EL", vowels pronounced just like written.
RafaelAveiro  7/17/2010
I believe the pronunciation "rah-fie-EL" should also be added as this a common way of saying this name in English speaking countries.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2015
I also pronounce this 'ra-FAI-el'

'ra' in rap, 'fai' in file, 'el' in bell.
If someone said 'ra-feh-el' ('feh' rhymes with 'day') or 'ra-fa-el' ('fa' rhymes with 'pa') I would consider these correct as well.

I'm really surprised it wasn't listed under pronunciations.
icyreality  11/8/2015

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