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NG - Pronounciation ?

Postby Travailes » Thu, 17 May 2012 3:15 pm

Is it 'ing' or 'emg' ?
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Postby nakatago » Thu, 17 May 2012 3:17 pm

"Nang" but shorter. Some pronounce it as "ing"

If Vietnamese...http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/154922

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Postby Vaucluse » Thu, 17 May 2012 3:37 pm

One of my favourite jokes is asking Chinese how they would shout out the name Ng across a street . . .


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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 17 May 2012 6:34 pm

Say the word 'Young'. Feel the position of your tongue... hey that word will work as well... then keep only the 'ng' as in 'ung'.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Thu, 17 May 2012 6:38 pm

nakatago wrote:"Nang" but shorter. Some pronounce it as "ing"

If Vietnamese...http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/154922


-1 - Definitely 'ung' as in pronouncing 'young' if you are Chinese... and for that matter, Vietnamese.

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 17 May 2012 7:47 pm

Vaucluse wrote:One of my favourite jokes is asking Chinese how they would shout out the name Ng across a street . . .


Yes, I know . . . too much time on my hands


it it was a guy, it would have been 'ah ng' .. the ah loud to get the attention ..

female ? forgot leh .. Souchiye ?? (or something like that ?? )


Edited: for male or female, ah applies .. so "AH Ng .. " ..

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 17 May 2012 7:55 pm

Yup, SE is right. Depress the back of your tongue to your throat. What happens when you try to call it out loud is that you will tend to stress the U part of the 'ung', like a grunt.

And yes, I will resort to Ah Ng if I really have shout across the street.

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Postby BigSis » Thu, 17 May 2012 9:11 pm

Yup - what Strong Eagle said. It's kind of like a quiet 'u' sound so more emphasis is given on the 'n' and the 'g'.

Instead of Ung - it's more uNG............if you know what I'm trying to say :D

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Postby Splatted » Thu, 17 May 2012 11:39 pm

Well, I had a friend who's surname was "Ng", and it was pronounced "nnn" (g was silent)

Like saying "mmmmmm" when you find something yummy, but with an "n" instead, and shorter.

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Postby Nailah » Fri, 18 May 2012 10:37 am

...just say "mmm" without mumming your mouth....


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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 18 May 2012 10:38 am

Splatted wrote:Well, I had a friend who's surname was "Ng", and it was pronounced "nnn" (g was silent)

Like saying "mmmmmm" when you find something yummy, but with an "n" instead, and shorter.


You probably mis-heard, or he anglicized the pronunciation for his western friends.

My wife's name (one of the most common Vietnamese female names) has an Ng for both her surname (Nguyen - pronounced NG-ween, not "win" for you Americans!) and her given name. I've had pronunciation practice by fire :D

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 18 May 2012 12:24 pm

zzm9980 wrote:You probably mis-heard, or he anglicized the pronunciation for his western friends.

My wife's name (one of the most common Vietnamese female names) has an Ng for both her surname (Nguyen - pronounced NG-ween, not "win" for you Americans!) and her given name. I've had pronunciation practice by fire :D


But .. t Viet people comfortable if you call Nguyen as NUYEN ?? Atleast my colleague here introduce themselves as Nuyen !!!! The NG morphing into N !

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 18 May 2012 12:34 pm

Same as before:
"You probably mis-heard, or he anglicized the pronunciation for his western friends. "

If you go to Vietnam, you will only hear 'NG-ween'. Maybe a bit more 'NG-wen' in the south (or a cross between the two, the primary difference being the vowel's pronunciation, not the 'NG' part.)

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Postby ecureilx » Fri, 18 May 2012 2:37 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Same as before:
"You probably mis-heard, or he anglicized the pronunciation for his western friends. "

If you go to Vietnam, you will only hear 'NG-ween'. Maybe a bit more 'NG-wen' in the south (or a cross between the two, the primary difference being the vowel's pronunciation, not the 'NG' part.)


Quite possible .. as I bumped into another Vietnam Guy, Phuong - he says "Call me FONG" :) is that so ?? hah .. Maybe living in US, he may have been converted :)

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Postby Splatted » Fri, 18 May 2012 3:44 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
Splatted wrote:Well, I had a friend who's surname was "Ng", and it was pronounced "nnn" (g was silent)

Like saying "mmmmmm" when you find something yummy, but with an "n" instead, and shorter.


You probably mis-heard, or he anglicized the pronunciation for his western friends.

My wife's name (one of the most common Vietnamese female names) has an Ng for both her surname (Nguyen - pronounced NG-ween, not "win" for you Americans!) and her given name. I've had pronunciation practice by fire :D


No, I didn't mishear.. he was of Chinese background by the way. Also, I used to attend a mostly Asian church, where we actually had several others also with the same surname. They also pronounced it the same way.

I'm aware Vietnamese pronounce 'ng' in nguyen differently. Is the person actually Vietnamese?


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