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Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

they keep calling her "mirtza". it's pronounced exactly the way it's spelt. for some reason, people think it's a hard z, as in "pizza".
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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

How does it pronunce anyway?
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Just say 'Mirsa'
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I don't know but I had a weird dream last night that I wrote a tennis team eamil about some general business and somehow I copied Sania Mirza on it. She hadn't replied before I woke up.
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Just say 'Mirsa'
no, it's not an 's', it's a 'z'. the z is pronounced like the z in 'zoo'.
mir-za.
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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

Because they can't follow the nuances of Urdu pronunciation. And what has she done anyway for them to make that effort.Zheng made the quarters/semis of Wimbledon before the other Asian commentators started to pronounce her name properly.

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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

Do you really bother?
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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

nobody has had any problem with misprounouncing Sharapova's and Kournikova's names for years and years.
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Because they can't follow the nuances of Urdu pronunciation. And what has she done anyway for them to make that effort. Zheng made the quarters/semis of Wimbledon before the other Asian commentators started to pronounce her name properly.
i understand your frustration with her play, but, even for non-urdu speakers, it shouldn't be that hard to pronounce. it literally is pronounced exactly the way it's spelt. if, for instance, they can say 'gaza', they should be able to say 'mirza'.
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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

If she doesn't care enough to stop being such a brainless BB, why would anyone care of pronouncing her name right?
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Mir-za?


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Mier-za

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Mier-za
i'm not sure what you're laughing about but you're still wrong. the first syllable of her name is not 'mier' or 'meer', it's 'mir'. it's a hard 'i', as in 'distant'.
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i understand your frustration with her play, but, even for non-urdu speakers, it shouldn't be that hard to pronounce. it literally is pronounced exactly the way it's spelt. if, for instance, they can say 'gaza', they should be able to say 'mirza'.
Just because Hindi/Urdu names are translated literally to English doesn't mean that the rest of the world follows it. Hindi / Urdu don't have the concept of the silent letter. If a word is written in Hindi / Urdu we know how to pronounce it. We tend to do the same when we try to interpret English names but English names are pronounced differently.

When Indians see a name like Chanda they automatically assume it will be like the Indian word Ch and pronounce accordingly. Americans who aren't used to such a style will try to pronounce like how Indians would pronounce Khanda.

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Re: Why Do People Keep Pronouncing Mirza's Name Wrong?

I think the problem here is the begining of sania name - the "mir" part. Its not a common sound in the english language, hence why people say "mer". The "za" flows better following the "mer" sound. It is annoying when people pronounce it "mert-za" though

EDIT - sorry, I just thought about it some more, and I guess "Mir" isn't quite as uncommon as i thought, just when paired togther with "z", it must throw people. I dunno, I'm not a linguist

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