Pronouncing non-English names for English speakers
A practical guide to how to pronounce non-English names for English speakers. The goal of this guide is to produce a simple guide to help you pronounce a surname from a non-English speaking culture that sounds reasonably correct. Many languages have sounds that simply do not appear in English and if you don't speak those languages, your brain will try its best to map it to English sounds. The vast majority of Chinese people in the world today writing their names using the English alphabet use a system called Pinyin. The sound most English speakers guess in these cases is to make them sounds like the Zh sound in the middle consonant in the English word "Measure". The good news about Chinese surnames for English speakers is that there are very few of them. Jow 10 Zhou J sound, same as English name "Joe" 11 Xu same as English word "Shoe" 12 Su 13 Ma 14 Zhu same as English word "Jew" 15 Hu 16 Lin 17 Guo take the first syllable in "Water" and put a G sound in front.