On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Wed Mar 12 03:25:47 EST 2003





> >That's pretty common in Northern California, though I can't remember
which
> >nationality uses it.  Is it pronounced "ing" there, too?
>
> i had a coworker named mike ng recently. everyone said "ing" but i feel
that
> that probably wasn't really technically correct. i don't know.
>
> i believe it's vietnamese, but i could be wrong.
>
> i also know a peter nguyen. people say "n'guyen" basically. (as opposed to
> "ing'uyen" i suppose.)
>
> christian.

Both "Ng" and "Nguen" are fairly well known in Melbourne, as we have a
sizeable Vietnamese population here. I'm not sure how exactly they're
pronouced, though! I think "Ng" is pronounced more like "eng" than "ing"
(the way Aussies pronounce "eng", I mean).

Ros

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