Say it Right! Basic Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:30pm to 1:20pm

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Taper Hall of Humanities THH 101

Students from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore constitute half of the international students at USC. Nearly one in eight students at USC is an international student from one of these countries. The system for romanizing Chinese names-based on standard Mandarin pronunciation-does not make it easy for English speakers to pronounce many Chinese names properly.

With a few simple tips and tricks taught by native English speakers who are also Mandarin language learners, attendees will leave the event with more confidence when pronouncing Chinese names; thereby creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for students with Chinese names. Simply trying to pronounce students' names correctly shows respect for their culture.

Native English speakers who are themselves Mandarin language learners will facilitate the workshop. By sharing their own experiences as second language learners of Mandarin, the presenters will provide attendees with useful tips and strategies for a more accurate pronunciation of romanized Chinese names. Native Mandarin speakers will also be present to help attendees practice in small groups.

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This workshop is brought to you by your friends in the American Language Institute and the Office of International Services as part of Diversity and Inclusion Week 2018. 

This event is intended for staff and faculty. We look forward to seeing you there.

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University Park Campus

Office of International Services
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