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PandoraPandora
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:20 AM
Eurosport commentators kept calling Peng Pong. If Peng is pronounced Pong, what would it be if she was Pong? Ping, Pang, Peng, Pung? Or were the commentators just getting it wrong? If they were then it's not a good sign that they don't know the players' names!

Mikey.
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:21 AM
It's not. It's sort of a mix between Peng and Pung, said with a rising tone.

Six Feet Under
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:23 AM
It's more Pung.

Pasta-Na
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:35 AM
ping pong :cheer:

BlueTrees
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:47 AM
Why is "Clijsters" pronounced "Claysters"? Same reason I guess..foreign names are unfamiliar to those who aren't from that country so we just read it as we think it is..

Kooyong
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:50 AM
On Saturday the chair ump kept calling her Pong

The Witch-king
Jan 24th, 2011, 10:00 AM
Just like Zheng is Jung

Kworb
Jan 24th, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Scroll to 4:50. The e in Zheng (Jie) is pronounced like the fourth one (è) and the e in Peng (Shuai) is pronounced like the second one (é).

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 24th, 2011, 10:46 AM
There's no 'Pung' syllable in Mandarin, as far as I know of. So just Peng. Not Penguin though.:p

Lin Lin
Jan 24th, 2011, 11:03 AM
:lol:

Elisse
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Yeah I noticed the Eurosport commentators calling her 'Pong' :lol: I also heard one of them referring to Kvitova as something that sounded more like 'Klitova' by the end of the match lol :tape:

AO Radio commentators have been bad at pronouncing the names too!! :o (You'd think none of these had ever called a tennis match in their lives or even heard of the names before...)


:help:

hdfb
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:28 PM
Peng is probably said most accurate when pronouncing the word "Ping" with a NZ accent.

Valanga
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:32 PM
It's not easy to find an equivalent for a sound like "Peng" in English

Mikey.
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:05 PM
Peng is probably said most accurate when pronouncing the word "Ping" with a NZ accent.

:crying2: That's really good!

crazillo
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:16 PM
I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for two years now, great to see some people interested in a correct pronuncation of her name. :lol:

Although English commentars also tend to pronounce everything just like in English, we Germans tend to pronounce it the way it really is (for example Mahut would be pronounced so different in German, but we still say it the French way or at least close to it, and English native speakers hardly adapt. :lol:

Worst one in Görges though, that r. :lol:

Valanga
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:17 PM
I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for two years now, great to see some people interested in a correct pronuncation of her name. :lol:

Although English commentars also tend to pronounce everything just like in English, we Germans tend to pronounce it the way it really is (for example Mahut would be pronounced so different in German, but we still say it the French way or at least close to it, and English native speakers hardly adapt. :lol:

Worst one in Görges though, that r. :lol:

what's up with the r in Gorges?

Mikey.
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:19 PM
Oh I totally forgot it's in this video from about 1min onwards:

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Ralph214
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Umpire: Advantage PONG! :lol:

Juju Nostalgique
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:41 PM
Peng Pong! :hysteric:

miffedmax
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Lord, it to me long enough to learn how to say Dementieva. I'm sorry, but some of these gals are just going to have to put up with my pronouncing their names in 'merican.

danieln1
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:17 PM
It's not easy to find an equivalent for a sound like "Peng" in English

Penguin

BlueTrees
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Penguin

Um, have you been reading the thread? :help: That's not how you pronounce it

Super Dave
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Oh I totally forgot it's in this video from about 1min onwards:

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3:22...Kimiko Dah-tay KROOMOO?