On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 12 06:12:55 EST 2003


--- Abe Gross <argross at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> > >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).
> 
One family I taught who's name was Ng pronounced it En
Gee, they were of pacific Island rather than asian
origin, and were perhaps being kind to Europeans in
adopting that pronounciation.

Jon

__________________________________________________
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Web Hosting - establish your business online
http://webhosting.yahoo.com
--
To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at suberic.net with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at http://suberic.net/dwj/list/



More information about the Dwj mailing list