[photo of jhi in jpeg format] Jarkko Hietaniemi jhi@iki.fi Perl Other

This is what my name sounds like [au] [mp3] [wav] and this is what it looks like [jpg]. Sound technology by Sean Burke.

Finnish is a highly phonemic and phonetic language-- what this means is that the correlation between graphemes/letters and phonemes/sounds is really strong: all you can see you can hear, all you can hear you can see. One letter corresponds to one sound, and no silent letters. (Since Finnish is a natural language, this is of course an oversimplification, there are nuances and exceptions to the above ideal. More information is available.)

The closest translation of my name to English would be something like Jerry Sandness.