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pnp Post time: 2015-6-30 18:44
Sorry, I stand by my explanation, especially the part about the Chinese name.

Fair enough, my wife would agree with you

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dusty1 Post time: 2015-6-30 18:31
That is totally incorrect, in the west your surname is what you did for a living, a little reasear ...

Not quite correct Dusty1.

In the West family names are derived from one of several sources:

Job Description of a job an ancestor did, for example, Archer, Fletcher (put the fletchings on arrows, ie feathers), Smith (Blacksmith), Cooper (barrel maker) Cutler (Knife maker) and so on.

Or -

Location or place born: Eg Kirby, Leeds, Shannon, England, Holland and so on.

Son of: Any name with son, O' before the name, sson for example, Patrick O'Brian (Patrick son of Brian), David Johnson (David, John's son) and so on.

Names of features or plants, foods and so on,  eg: Oakes, Rose, Rowthorne, Stone, Beer, Pond, Creek, Wood and so on.

There are other areas as well.
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Ratfink Post time: 2015-6-30 19:47
Not quite correct Dusty1.

In the West family names are derived from one of several sources:

Mine is Irish/English very interesting family history I have

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dusty1 Post time: 2015-6-30 20:16
Mine is Irish/English very interesting family history I have

Nice, quite a regular mix for someone in Australia.
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Ratfink Post time: 2015-6-30 20:18
My family, English (pre conquest family) plus Viking.

I don't go that far back only 1678 is as far as I go on the English side

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I do agree, however it's not just the reporters fault, often the studio anchors etc are clueless and the TV stations or radio stations aren't large enough to actually have a list of correct pronunciations for more than a couple of cities.  I've heard some horrific messes of Chinese city names and indeed countries around the world.
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An absurd demand.

There are maybe 13.5 different pronunciations of the name "SHenzhen". How should world citizens decide what is the most "correct" one? Well, 13.5 pronunciations - I didn't count them but I am sure you can pronounce most place-names in several ways more or less "correctly". If people understand it, then it is "correct".

You will never get Chinese to pronounce any non-Chinese name correctly. Not even those who speak a smattering of school Chinglish.

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