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Re: Name barbarisms

From:Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Date:Thursday, May 17, 2001, 0:59
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> > On Wed, 16 May 2001, Nik Taylor wrote: > > > Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > > > As for her middle name Kyung...<shaking head> > > > > That actually seems pretty easy to me, assuming the pronunciation is > > something like /kjuN/, tho I could see how people might pronounce it > > /kjVN/. Were there other mispronunciations? > > It's more like /gjVN/. I have no idea why it's so difficult. /kjuN/ and > /kjVN/ are the most common variants I hear. I can't seem to get my > boyfriend to soften the /k/ to a /g/. <shrug> Then again, I'm lousy at > pronouncing non-Korean names, so....
Hmm. Well, reading it, it'd say /kjuN/, but after I was corrected I'd have no trouble saying /gjVN/. But maybe that's just me, I generally don't have that much trouble with names once I've heard them once. (or twice)