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Surname Pronunciation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by refuzion, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. refuzion

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    I'm just about to call this company about a job they're advertising in my local paper. The person I need to speak to is named Paul Chou, and I'm a bit confused as to how this should be pronounced.

    The only way I can imagine it being pronounced is Chow but this is coming straight from the back of my local Chinese take-aways menu ad the last thing I want to do is insult the guy :p

    So, any suggestions?
     
  2. Trojan

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    Ask to speak to Paul :)
     
  3. Greenlizard0

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    Chew?

    Or you could just start right at the beginning and ask how to pronounce it?

    "sorry, being awfully rude here, but is it paul chew?" - and then let him correct you if necessary
     
  4. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    "Hi, I need to speak to Paul...err...Choo...did I get the surname right?"

    Wouldnt worry about it, probably gets it all the time.
     
  5. Carzy

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    Call him number 30.
     
  6. Tru

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    Say it whatever way you think is right, if they don't understand say it again but much louder.
     
  7. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    *meh*
     
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  8. Sic

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    and point as well. don't forget the pointing.
     
  9. Mic

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    Id ask for Paul 'Cho'
    'ch-o'
     
  10. WillyNelson

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    I would've guessed at "choo" or "shoo".
     
  11. Phate

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    just start of

    "Hi there i've got an interview with is it Paul...chow?"

    and they will soon correct it, he probably gets it alot.

    order me an egg fried rice whilst your at it
     
  12. Six6siX

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    Ring up and ask for "Steve" lol :D
     
  13. Sic

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    and the prize for funniest throwaway comment on the forums today goes to.........Phate.

    you should post in GD more.
     
  14. Phate

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    :p its only 1 'o' clock

    got the rest of the day to go yet ;)

    and i mainly browse rather than post :cool:
     
  15. PeterNem

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    Paul Ciao tbh

    (Choo is probably more likely!)
     
  16. iCraig

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    If they still don't understand, he should march over there and smash the place up and scrawl his name on the walls. Secure in the knowledge that he tried his best.

    Or

    employ a bit of common sense and just ask to speak to Paul and that you are unsure about how to pronounce his surname.

    He won't be insulted if you have to ask how to say his name, he'll probably be pleased that someone has asked beforehand to make sure they say it correctly. Guessing his surname will probably offend him if anything.
     
  17. R B Customs

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    its number 58 tbh mate lol.

    i think its 'chew' i have an asian mate whos almost constantly online except... now, otherwise i would have asked him
     
  18. Phate

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    :p lmao :p
     
  19. Wossi

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    According to the opera speak function, it's Chow. Dunno if it's correct though :confused:
     
  20. Tru

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    refuzion: Hi, Could I speak to Paul Chow?
    Company: Oh you mean Paul Chew?
    refuzion: Ah, Chew.
    Company: Bless you.