On names, changing them, and pronunciation
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
> > >nationality uses it. Is it pronounced "ing"
> there, too?
> > i had a coworker named mike ng recently. everyone
> said "ing" but i feel
> > 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.
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