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James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, August 30, 2007
12 years ago11,535 views

I'm sick of my friends son calling me James ex-you-anne, so now I'm asking how do you pronounce my surname. I'll tell you the correct way in a few days or if someone gets it right.
Have fun! :-)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

BTW Remember I'm Japanese if that helps :)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

James Zuan perhaps?

Or maybe Xu-an? (like ksu-an)

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

James 'Zwan' ??

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

One syllable Sh-an. ("Sh" as in as in shy, "an" just an)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yu-wan ?

Heebie [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Huan / Wuan

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I've always presumed it was produced Zuan/Zwan

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here's my take.
googlified.com/files/temp/xuan ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

James g'zû-ann

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

My, we do seem to be having fun. Those who said "Zuan" may be correct though I would like you to expand on that. is "Zuan" pronounces

*Zune/Zoon
*Zoo-anne Like sua-anne
*Zwan/Zwanne Like Swan or Anne with a z
*Zoo-an

Tom, I have no idea how to pronounce g'zû-ann

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So i won?
A new iPhone would be a great present :P

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Am I close? (listen to the .wav file)

Suresh S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yawn :-()

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's pronounced like Zune but with a barely noticeable i, so it's like Zooin

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I *hate* speak. So this is the first time and maybe the last time you hear my voice.
zshare.net/audio/3404028f7b3f8 ...
Sorry James.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm at work so no speakers. I listen when i get home

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ultimately, how good I was to pronounce your name?

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Almost perfectly

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hé hé, I had to repeat your name about 15 times before take the good one :)
Once I heard Matt Cutts pronounce my pseudonym, it was strange because I doesn't sounds the same at all in French lol

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You're French accent rocks!

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

:-)

I'd like to hear how do you pronounce Haochi's (first & last) name too. Or Ionut's ;-)
IMHO, the easier name to pronounce here is Martin Porcheron, at least for a Frenchman :-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

OK I think it's my time to embarass me now :)

blogoscoped.com/files/names.wa ...
TomHTML, Ionut Alex. Chitu, James Xuan, Tony Ruscoe. I tried to pronounce your name French Tom :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oops, I pronounced Ionut's name half English. Oh well.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh, my. That's pretty bad, at least for my name. A proper way to write my name to pronounce it in English would be: Io-nootz Alex Kee-tzu.

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Even french don't pronounce my name well... I didn't even know if TOMHTML knows how to pronounce it!

If you want to try : my name is Jérémy Milhau...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wowee Philipp your voice is not how I imagined! I also hat speaking but here are some; i will say more is you want.

Luka + Me: zshare.net/download/3472131e5b ...
Tom: zshare.net/download/34721821f1 ...
Philipp: zshare.net/download/34721759f0 ...
Ionut: zshare.net/download/3472167048 ...
Martin: zshare.net/download/347215320f ...
Tony: zshare.net/download/34721930a0 ...

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i don't hear enything at you files, james.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

OK, here's the objective automated speech :)

<<Io-nootz Alex Kee-tzu. Ionut Alex. Chitu. TomHTML. James Xuan. Tony Ruscoe. DPic. Brinke Guthrie. Suresh. David Hetfield>>

blogoscoped.com/files/textalou ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well, Philipp pronounced my name very well :)
Unfortunately I can't hear your files James.

My built-in microphone of my laptop sucks, so I'm gonna find a real microphone and then I will destroy your names with my Northern French accent.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hmmm... I believe my mic isn't working. AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!! I'll try again, BTW isn't it weird that XP sound recorder saved as wavs but vista as wma's?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

BTW you should send the files to zshare.net/

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'll get round to this shortly, I can't find my headset so I'll probably end up using my laptop mic.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I tried another mic and it didn't work either. maybe its because I set realplayer as default player YDay?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sorry in advance,
Philipp and Mambo
James and Tony
DPic and David
/pd and Suresh
Colin and Luka
Martin and Haochi
Brinke and Ionut

zshare.net/audio/34748956e98b5 ...

Shame on me and my French accent. Usually I spend more to read English than listen English or even speak in English....
If you don't understand, I have the script :-P

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Well, everyone's getting mine right. There are just some tiny accent variations but it's being pronounced correctly! :-)

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, me too :D

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Don't reacon it's that hard to say my name (Martin Rix)
But when I say my last name I've seen people spell it a variety of ways :D

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Good try Tom, you are getting there, it's just that my name is not really pronounced the way it's spelled. :) The "a" is silent so that would be Ho-chi (or How-chi) and here's the official pronunciation of my name: ihaochi.com/files/haochi-chen. ...

We should create a directory or something.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yay! I'm famous according to tom! If i was gay and you were too I would kiss you Tom! ;-)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok, I got my mic working with StepVoice Recorder so here is my try:
zshare.net/audio/3476538b80ad1 ...

Sorry if I get any wrong. I will pronounce others upon request

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thank you people, I will go to bed less stupid than when I woke up this morning :P

[put at-character here]Mrrix : thanks to your message, I've just understood what mean your pseudonym lol

[put at-character here]Haochi : I have discovering someting! So, you have to know that your name sounds like "Chechen" :-)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechen_ ...

[put at-character here]James : Lol you pronouce my name very French! One word: "wow".
For my sound, know that I had to record this file about 10 times, cause of the guy/gay and Ionut's name. You know I live in a part of France where inhabitants have a strong accent, we don't speak French very well so English...

This thread is really fun. The next time, I'll try to pronounce the name of this website! :)

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes how do we pronounce Blogoscoped ? Zorgloob ? Google ? ^^

[put at-character here]James Xuan : You pronounce very well French letters in TOMHTML! For Jérémy, you did very well, but you pronounced Milhau as a lot of french do (not well!).

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Even in our team, nobody knows how to pronounce Zorgloob ;-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

James, you got my name exactly right...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]TomHTML : I wouldn't be too shore about that, the M and the R at the start are meant to be my first initials and not Mister :D
(Doesn't matter tho as most of my friends say "Mister Rix 32" when they talk about my email address)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Tom,
I am currently taking French lessons down the street as I love your language and people and culture (and food!)

[put at-character here]Philipp
I was not sure whether it was Fill-ip or Fill-eep but i just chose which one I thought it was and I was lucky ;-)

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hey, I want to play this game too!
It was a nice idea to upload audio files :)

Here is my try:
zshare.net/audio/3478433068406 ...

My nickname (Zim) it's easy to say, but I'd like to hear new versions.
(My real name is Enrico, but I preffer to be called as Zim)

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Update: Tom, reading your blog I found what does Zorgloob mean :)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

╔╗╔═╦╗
║╚╣║║╚╗
╚═╩═╩═╝

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Round 2 for Xuan: zshare.net/audio/347872015bbf1 ...
BTW Zim how did you put "destroying beautiful names" in? ID3 Tag?

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nice!
Yes, I modified the ID3 tag. I recorded myself with Audacity (freeware), and when you're going to save, you have the option to modify the ID3 tag. :)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Great! I'll get it now. Thanks Zim

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here is mine, sorry for my accent and mistakes in advance.

zshare.net/audio/3479075f903bd ...

(I feel strange talking alone in front of my computer screen...)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I know how you feel Luka! I got some weird looks in the café talking to my laptop!!!

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Know what? I had to announce to my whole family I was going to record something, because my little brother and sister are noise generators. It's not the first time I record in front of my computer. It's worst when you want to sign... and without music (because you are following the melody through headphones)
I made two songs with my guitar and uploaded to my blog some time ago (links available on request – think twice if you think you want to hear it)

[put at-character here]Luka: I admire the french accent

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

How about for round 3 (and this is completely random) we have to make a radio jingle for blogoscoped? zshare.net/audio/34795489493de ... this is mine but BEWARE!!! I can't sing so I go into this tuneless warbling falsetto, but you'll get the idea.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Congrats on the icon Luka!!!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

What is your blog's address zim?

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wahou! I got my favorite Z as icon! Thank you James Xuan, Thank you Philipp.

[put at-character here] Zim : Tommorow I will record how a french guy would have readen your names with typical French reading. I hope you'll enjoy. Tomhtml should do the same for you to compare French accent from south and north.

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]James Xuan: My blog is gomobile.com.ar/ It's in spanish.
The covers are here
irken.com.ar/gomobile/wp-conte ... (Granian – Contagious)
and here
irken.com.ar/gomobile/wp-conte ... (Joan Osborne – One Of Us; my fav)
DISCLAIMER: Each song is provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind. Damage on hardware, software, brain or any other thing is not my fault. You are warned.

[put at-character here]Luka: Nice! We are being many Zs around here! First came TomHTML, some days ago me (thanks Philipp!) and now you :)
The almighty Z!

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Zim : you pronounce "Blogoscoped" just as me! :-P
[put at-character here]Mrrix : yes I thought it was "Mister Rix" ;-)

BTW Luka is my colleague and it's the first time I hear his voice ;-)

I'm going to record my third round too ;-) but just as you, I feel stupid speaking alone in front of my computer and my family in the next room :-S

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I just realized that I'm unable to pronounce "search engine" correctly :-/

zshare.net/audio/3484891e24555 ...
featured : Google, Google Blogoscoped, Zorgloob, Haochi, Googlified.com, Martin, Ionut and Zim.

MarWi [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

You guys sleep at all :o)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nope! We're nocturnal! You get that from being addicted to Blogoscoped after a while

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Since I'm now living in Canada, nocturnal have not the same signification for you and me!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, you are 5/6 hours behind?

Luka [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes – 6 hours in comparaison of Western Europe (France, Spain, Italy,...). It is about 12:00 now. Bon appétit!

Sankar Anand [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

what a nice game going around here!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sankar, for you I made a Limited Edition Tri-Pronounciation zshare.net/audio/3491743315e19 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

HAH!! Nice jingle James.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Errmmm... You're deaf Philipp?

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sorry, I've been busy through this last days and I couldn't read so much (nor listening)

[put at-character here]TomHTML: I like the way my name + surname sounds with french accent! And you pronounced well the "zim" in spanish :)

[put at-character here]James: That tri-pronunciation was like a ghost movie! O_O

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The Exorcist!

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I demand closure of this thread!! :-D

Get the spotlight off James this instant!! lol

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

NOOOOOO!!!!! I'm an attention seeker and I'm depressed,I have serious issues! Close this thread and I'll kill myself! (seriously)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes yes yes close! :-P

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

x x
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James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

*tightens rope*
x x
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TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Lol a hangman game :) It makes me think to one thing I have just watched at TV, a call TV show :
"Find the name of this great singer and win 10'000 euros:
ELV_S PRESL_Y"
so hard ;)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Is it Bono?

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

He's Alive!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I am, same as your self FatherTed.S03.E1.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

After realising I could use my phone as a microphone I decided to have a go at butchering... err I mean saying the names of the Top 20 Members (I skipped one though)
zshare.net/audio/357491666a198 ...

I *may* try other names (people who have posted here) later

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