OT: Mandarin help sought
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 13:04|
I have a coworker whose name it turns out I've been mispronouncing for years.
I was not the only one, mind. His name is Yannan, and the entire
office has been pronouncing it ['ja.n@n] since day one, and he has
never corrected anyone. But somehow someone found out that was wrong,
and asked him in a meeting, and he told us it was actually [j&'n&n].
I don't know exactly what part of China he is from, but I do know that
he grew up speaking Mandarin as his everyday language. That struck me
as odd, since I had previously considered Mandarin to be a sort of
national second language.
So two questions:
1) Anyone familiar with the name "Yannan"? If so, what are the tones
on the 'a's?
2) How do you say "I'm sorry I mispronounced your name" in Mandarin? :\
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>