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Ng

Pronunciation:  Eng like in Eng-lish
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Pronunciation:  ing (rhymes wih sing)
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Pronunciation:  The traditional Chinese pronunciation is 'HMMM'
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Pronunciation:  N-'hmm'-n
Start with 'hmm' and combine with N so it sounds 'Nmm' instead of the 'H' in 'hmm' and make it short. Then add another 'n' to the end:
Nmm-n and make it short sound.

The sound is from your nose 100%! Keep your lips tight when saying it.

Explanation: It is Chinese but speaking in the dialect Cantonese.
The same character if speaking in official Chinese language (Mandarin) is Wo (like in wool), as in John Wo the movie director, though he is from Hong Kong (Cantonese dialect).

And all the above previous submitted pronunciations are wrong. I am Cantonese from Hong Kong.
Worst of them is 'ing' (like ink') or 'eng'. They are totally off.
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Type of Name:  Surname of Chinese
Origin:  Chinese, in Cantonese dialect (as in Hong Kong)
Alternate Spelling(s):  Wu (as in wool), for official Chinese language: Mandarin
Meaning:  One of Chinese surname. No meaning.
Additional Information:  N-mmmm-n

Start 'mmmmmmm' (like when you are pondering.) Combine it with an N in front. Then add a short 'n' to the end. All in a single sound. The entire pronunciation is short, single sound, and not the long sound of 'hmmmm'.

The entire sound is from the nose, 100%! Keep your lips tight, no air leak. You should feel the 'vibration' of nose, face and neck when you say it. ('Hmmm' also creates the vibration but the nose jets out air. 'Ng' has no air jetting out from your nose as in 'mmmmmmm' But Ng is short sound, as in Nmmmmm (but make it short).

It is Cantonese dialect (as in Hing Kong). The same Chinese character has a complete different pronunciation for official Chinese, Mandarin. In Mandarin, it pronounces as Wu (wool). John Wu is a famous movie director. His last name is Wu, or Ng if in Cantonese.


I am ethnic Cantonese from Hong Kong. All the previous pronunciations are wrong, especially 'ing' (as in ink) and 'eng'.
Submitted from:  Los Angeles, USA

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Pronunciation:  This last name is pronounced as the velar nasal consonant sound /ŋ/ in Cantonese (http://pronuncian.com/Sounds/default.aspx).*
It rhymes with "sing" and "spring." Examples of this sound include the "n" in "anxiety," "uncle," and "link."

Native english speakers pronounce it as "ing" (the vowel /ɪ/ + the consonant /ŋ/). This can be considered an anglicized pronunciation as it is odd-sounding, to a native English speaker, to have just a consonant sound in a word so a vowel is added in the front.

*Most native Cantonese speakers (even people with the last name!) incorrectly pronounce this sound as something similar to /m/, with lips pressed together instead of open and relaxed as in /ŋ/. It seems that the /ŋ/ sound is giving over to the /m/ sound as the mispronunciation is so widespread.

#The discussion of tones is absent for simplicity's sake
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Type of Name:  Last Name
Gender:  Male
Origin:  Cantonese Chinese
Submitted from:  Hong Kong

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Pronunciation:  N aw

N aw
no law
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Type of Name:  First Name
Gender:  Female
Origin:  Vietnamese

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Pronunciation:  Ning
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Pronunciation:  My Vietnamese friend, whose first name was Ng, pronounced it "Nah". So clearly, there are several ways... It's probably better just to ask!
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Type of Name:  First Name
Gender:  Female
Origin:  Vietnamese

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Pronunciation:  ung
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