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Old 10-22-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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i notice people that arent familiar with many viets tend to say "vee-et-nuh-meez"....

growing up with viets i always knew the correct way was "vit-nuh-meez"
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Vietnamese people speak fast English,all the viets here
say
Vee-et-nah-mee-suh
but the FOBy ones say "bi-et-nah-mi-suh" or "vit-nuh-meez"
"vit-nuh-meez" sounds FOB...
What is more so, we speak English here...so if we ain't gona say "Los Angeles" like "loh-ss Ahn-heh-leh-ss" or "detriot" like "Deh-trawt"...
then I don't see the big deal....
if you wana say vietnamese the 'right' way just say "Ngoi viet", but good luck pronouncing that, I'm chinese and can't say it worth crap...
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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and viets have so much ng in their spelling
like nguyen or ngo
ng is pronounced like weh i think. so nguyen is wehn.
and i say vee-et-nah-meese. usually just viet though?
is viet derogatory, like saying ch*nk?
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: yeah
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No, Viet is what most from Vietnam are. It's an ethnic group more than a nationality.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: moving again
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The Vietnamese population here pronounces it Viet-numb-eze, or when they speak faster, Vit-numb-eze

I think your wrong about people who aren't familiar with it pronouncing it that way, because i know many Vietnamese people who do pronounce it that way
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Viet-muh-niz

HAHA. I kid, I kid.

Truth is I don't know, now that I think about it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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i notice people that arent familiar with many viets tend to say "vee-et-nuh-meez"....

growing up with viets i always knew the correct way was "vit-nuh-meez"
vee - yiht - nuh - meez
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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and viets have so much ng in their spelling
like nguyen or ngo
ng is pronounced like weh i think. so nguyen is wehn.
and i say vee-et-nah-meese. usually just viet though?
is viet derogatory, like saying ch*nk?
The "ng" in nguyen is the same as the "ng" in bang. It's just that it doesn't occur in the word-initial position in English, so it's hard for us to pronounce.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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and viets have so much ng in their spelling
like nguyen or ngo
ng is pronounced like weh i think. so nguyen is wehn.
and i say vee-et-nah-meese. usually just viet though?
is viet derogatory, like saying ch*nk?
Viet is not deragatory, i have numerous Vietnamese friends who refer to Vietnamese as 'viet'. What is more so, the word for Vietnamese people is "Ngoi Viet" and the word for Vietnamese(language) is: "Tieng Viet"
So Viet simply means Vietnamese.
*** however is offensive, but is becoming more and more common, and less and less offensive.

Vietnamese names are different.
for example, many people have the name 'Le'
Le is pronounced "Lay"
do not get this confused with 'Lee' (which is typically Korean) or 'Li'(which is typically Chinese)
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