(Mis)pronunciations of My Last Name, Ranked Worst to Best
It's spelled "Tseng" and it is apparently very difficult for Americans. (List inspired by @TT!)
- •TessingThis happens when people assume I've misspelled my own name and left out an entire vowel!
- •Tee-Sang / Tee-Sing / Tee-SungWhen people don't know what to do with that unfamiliar double consonant and decide to just pronounce that T. Like "T-shirt", I guess?
- •Tuh-Sang / Tuh-Sing / Tuh-SungStill don't know what to do with that pesky double consonant? Let's just sound it out and call it a day.
- •ChengWrong but similar to other names that are romanized the way mine is, so not totally off in general. Also confusing.
- •SingUncommon except in states with the pen-pin merger, i.e. the South. Easily confused with Singh, so not optimal.
- •SungI don't hear this often but I don't mind it. The irony is that it's a closer butchering of the correct pronunciation, but I prefer "Sang/Seng" because I'm more used to hearing it.
- •Sang/SengMost common English pronunciation. For most of my life, I've used this one to introduce myself, because it's the easiest match to its spelling and the easiest to explain: "the T is silent"
- •TzunWhere the "tz" is pronounced like the "zz" in "pizza". This is the closest to the actual Mandarin pronunciation, but almost no non-Mandarin speakers get this on the first try and it's surprisingly hard to explain, so I'm not mad if you don't.
- •TargaryenBest pronunciation 🐉👌