How do you say IBAN in English?
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Oct 21, 2014

Hello everyone

If you have to deal with EU bank accounts, you'll have heard about IBAN codes. But how do you pronounce it? I just saw a video in which the speaker spoke of an "eye-bin" code. I know it as an "ee-bun" code (yes, in English). I suppose one could also go for "eye-ban" and "ee-ban". How do you pronounce it?

Samuel


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I-B-A-N Oct 21, 2014

I-B-A-N
I spell it out, but that is probably because I rarely say it aloud. I am probably talking to someone on the phone when I do.


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Tom in London
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Eye Oct 21, 2014

Eye-Ban is the standard Brit Eng pronunciation (sorry if it also sounds like a pair of sunglasses). Similar to iPhone, iMac, etc.

[Edited at 2014-10-21 08:02 GMT]


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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E bahn Oct 21, 2014

I pronounce it as E bahn (bahn as in Autobahn).

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Agree Oct 21, 2014

Tom in London wrote:

Eye-Ban is the standard Brit Eng pronunciation (sorry if it also sounds like a pair of sunglasses). Similar to iPhone, iMac, etc.

[Edited at 2014-10-21 08:02 GMT]


/ˈaɪbæn /


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Tom in London
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i-kea Oct 21, 2014

The Brits also pronounce IKEA as EYE KEE YA (which I find difficult, having lived elsewhere for so many years) and the flowering shrub Fuchsia as "FEE USH YA" apparently because to pronounce it correctly would be offensive to people who pretend to be respectable but who instantly think of something else if you pronounce "Fuchsia" correctly.

For analogous reasons I had to advise my engineer friend XXXX Facchinetti never to tell anyone in London what his surname is.







[Edited at 2014-10-21 10:42 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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ee-ban... and Oct 21, 2014

ee-kay-uh here in the Netherlands.

Edited to add that like Tom I have a hard time remembering to say eye-key-uh when I'm not in NL. In the US people look at me funny (like I'm from another planet) when I say ee-kay-uh.

[Edited at 2014-10-21 12:06 GMT]


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Simone Catania  Identity Verified
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/ˈʌɪban / Oct 21, 2014

Take a look here:

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/iban?q=IBAN#IBAN

UK English: /ˈʌɪban /


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Oy-ban Oct 21, 2014



When I click the audio link to hear it, I hear "oy-ban". Is that "oy" the normal British way of saying "eye"?


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Tom in London
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No Oct 21, 2014

Samuel Murray wrote:



When I click the audio link to hear it, I hear "oy-ban". Is that "oy" the normal British way of saying "eye"?


No - that's an Irish accent. I'm Irish myself but I'm surprised to hear this in an Oxford Dictionary.


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AnthonyLee  Identity Verified
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I-Ban Oct 21, 2014

or Eye-ban. -- US-English.

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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At the risk of sounding like a parrot Oct 21, 2014

Tom in London wrote:

Samuel Murray wrote:



When I click the audio link to hear it, I hear "oy-ban". Is that "oy" the normal British way of saying "eye"?


No - that's an Irish accent. I'm Irish myself but I'm surprised to hear this in an Oxford Dictionary.


Agree - again. It is definitely /ˈaɪbæn /.

If you click the US pronunciation in the following link that's pretty much the same as it is here in the UK, just don't click the UK pronunciation, I don't know what the hell that is (it may as well be Klingon, it certainly isn't UK EN).
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/business-english/iban

[Edited at 2014-10-21 18:32 GMT]


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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I ban… Oct 22, 2014

I'd pronounce it as "I ban", as in, uhm/err … "I ban the use of golf buggies until further notice."

Michael


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