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  • - What up internet?

  • My name is Nancy and today I'm gonna be walking

  • around the BuzzFeed office trying to see if my coworkers

  • know how to say my last name.

  • How long have we been friends?

  • - Almost a year?

  • - A little over a year.

  • - For a good half a year.

  • - Would you say that we're good friends?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Yeah, we're good friends, we hang.

  • - I've been to your house.

  • - Do you know how to pronounce my last name?

  • (record scratch)

  • - Oh, no no no no no, I can't do it.

  • - Noy-wen.

  • - Ehhh...

  • No.

  • - I don't want to try 'cause I feel like

  • I'm gonna mess it up.

  • - It's Noo-yin?

  • I had a friend in high school named Julian Noo-yin.

  • - It's not.

  • - Waynge?

  • - No.

  • - It's Noo-wen?

  • - It's still wrong.

  • - I feel like I just blew your mind.

  • - I've been saying Noy-wen since middle school.

  • - N'wen.

  • - Alright I'll take that.

  • - Wen?

  • Hmmm?

  • - It's actually Wheng.

  • - Wang. Wang?

  • Wheng.

  • - Oh, I don't want to try again.

  • - Wheng.

  • - Wang.

  • Everybody always says Wang.

  • It's Wheng.

  • - What? Can you come closer and say that again?

  • - Wheng.

  • - Wayne?

  • - You're just saying Wayne now.

  • - I wanna crawl into your mouth and figure out

  • where you're holding the word.

  • - Wheng.

  • - Whang?

  • - That's actually good.

  • - So the thing about the Vietnamese language,

  • is that it's a monosyllabic language,

  • so every single word is only one syllable.

  • So Nguyen is one word, so Noy-wen is not correct.

  • A lot of the sounds that goes into my last name,

  • doesn't really exist in the English language.

  • - Nancy told me how to pronounce her last name last year,

  • and my dentist has the same last name,

  • so I was able to call her doctor Wheng,

  • and I could tell it meant a lot to her

  • that I said her last name correctly.

  • Thank you, Nancy.

  • - I've heard my last name butchered in so many different

  • ways that nothing really phases me anymore.

  • We're all learning today.

  • Not really me, but definitely a lot of other people are.

  • ("Blue Danube")

  • - I'm really sorry, Nancy.

  • (laughing)

  • - It's okay, we're still good friends.

  • You want a hug?

  • - [friend] Yes.

- What up internet?

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Can You Pronounce The Most Common Vietnamese Last Name?

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    Samuel posted on 2018/06/01
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