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all of the dealers at Harrah's have name tags. There's a fairly decent mix of ethnicities, and one that sticks out is the vietnamese group.

one of the dealer's names is Hieu. this hieu is a fairly attractive female (as opposed to our hellomrhieu who is a pretty hot male). i always want to ask something about it, as in how common is hieu as a boy or girl name, but the context never comes up.

another dealer's name is Nga. it reminds me of the silly contest that Kraft Cheese had about two decades ago where they had letters of the alphabet to their cheese and they said, "spell your last name and you win a big prize!", made all of the vowels very rare, and got hundreds of immediate entries of peoples' last names who were "Ng". in high school i had some classmates whose lsat names were "Ng". The thing about Nga is that i don't know whether or not the emphasis on her name is first or second syllable.

there's my morning thought for the day.

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taren_
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
How DO you pronounce those crazy Vietnamese names? Is "Ng" pronounced like a nasalized "n", or do you add a vowel to make it more like "ING"? If somebody's name were "Bob Ng" would you say "Bobbing" or "Bobnnnnng"?

Also, for Nguyen, I've heard it pronounced a bunch of ways. I still think it's gotten be close to "new yen" but maybe make that first 'n' sound like 'ng'?

And what's with all the names/words that end with "H" in Vietnamese? Do you exhale a little bit more when saying those words or something? Like "-NH", is it just there to be obnoxious or do you actually say "-N(sigh)"?

Linguistics have always fascinated me.
lifeofmendel
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
i seem to remember that the two sisters whose names were "ng" in high school were pronounced "eng", like egg but with an N in the middle. but i don't know whether or not that was genuine or not, if they just dealt with that mispronounciation.

Nga i assume would be pronounced either ENG-a or en-GA.

One of the dealers' names is "Trinh". I have no idea how to pronounce that. i've heard the other dealers refer to him as "Baby Tang", so maybe it's pronounced "Trang" but with a softer g, and the nickname stemmed from that.

but that's all speculation since i've never actually asked them. :)
hellomrhieu
Apr. 9th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Typing out how to pronounce these names would complicate things..at least if I tried.

Nga is just the nasalized ng like in any -ing word. In true Vietnamese pronunciation, the A sound would sound like A is apple.

I'm not going to try Trinh here.

Nguyen has lots of interpretations because most people can't get it right anyways. :)

Thanks for the shout out, Mendel. Haha.
c_wraith
Apr. 8th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Nguyen is a fun one. Depending on regional accents, it can be pronounced almost like "win". That is, the leading nasal is so suppressed, it's basically not there. Given a lack of direction, that's the pronunciation I prefer for it, since it's easy.
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