Pronunciation of "Ngaio"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sat May 9 21:55:39 UTC 2009

James Harbeck wrote, of "Nguyen":
> Lucky you! Here in multicultural Toronto, I've heard the same name
> said [juN] and [nudZEn] and [nugEn]. [NaI at n] isn't quite a match to
> the Vietnamese, either, but it's much closer (ISTR it's more like
> [Nujn] - according to what I was told by one person bearing the name).
> Nonetheless, I agree that the trend is towards being able (or should I
> say willing) to pronounce the velar nasal word initially.

I remember, back in the '60s, hearing the name pronounced [nwIn].
Haven't heard it (in any pronunciation) much since the end of the
Vietnam War, but then this area hasn't attracted too many Indo-Chinese

Jim Parish

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