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    Spelling name

    Hi,
    I spelled my name as "Jeesun" for long time. It is spelled it so that it would pronounced as "Gee Sun(son)" But a lot of European and some English speaker told me in proper English J should sound as yee. So some people say my name as Yee Sun or Yee Soon or Gee soon.
    I figured I might be able to solve this issue by spelling it Geeson, Geesuhn, Geeson or Gee-Suhn. What would you recommend?

    And now last name is bit more complicated. I spelled it Choi at first but it is supposed to be pronounced as Cho-Ae. So I spelled it Choae. But it caused most of people to pronounce it Cho. What would be the best way to spell it so that people can say it correctly? Would it be ChoAe or Cho-Ae?
    Thank you so much.

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    #2

    Re: Spelling name

    An English "J" does not sound as "yee".

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    When you say "ae" for the last syllable of your name, what word would this sound like? I don't know what you mean by "ae" as a sound.

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    Re: Spelling name

    GeeSun or Gee Sun should be resistant to mispronunciation. Geesun could easily be stressed on the first syllable with a schwa on the second - "Geesn".
    "Choae", I would pronounce ko-ei, or ko-i, or ko-ai, with the 'ch' as in chaos, Chloe.

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    Re: Spelling name

    If you spell it "Gee-sun", most people would get it right. They would recognise the first three letters as the exclamation "Gee!" which is the pronunciation you are looking for.

    However, if you spell it "Jee-sun" you will get the same result. An English "J" is a hard sound. It definitely isn't pronounced "yee". (In German, the letter "J" sounds like an English "y".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Spelling name

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    An English "J" is a hard sound.
    Strictly the 'j' in juice and the 'g' in giraffe are the soft equivalent of a hard 'g', as in geese and ghost.
    Given that the 'g' in giraffe and giant is called a soft 'g', and is pronounced the same as 'j' in jam, it might be confusing to call 'j' a hard sound. Certainly in comparison to 'y', it is.

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    Re: Spelling name

    Apologies - I meant a "soft j/g".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    An English "J" does not sound as "yee".
    I don't remeber anyone pronounce it Jee as Yee in the US but quite some European(non british) pronounced it as yee and one american colleague with an European girl friend told me about Jee as Yee story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    When you say "ae" for the last syllable of your name, what word would this sound like? I don't know what you mean by "ae" as a sound.
    I meant to explain it as the first sound of Apple. Thank you.

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    Re: Spelling name

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    GeeSun or Gee Sun should be resistant to mispronunciation. Geesun could easily be stressed on the first syllable with a schwa on the second - "Geesn".
    "Choae", I would pronounce ko-ei, or ko-i, or ko-ai, with the 'ch' as in chaos, Chloe.
    "Cho" part should be pronounced as in choke. And Ae as in Apple. Is there any good suggestion? Thank you.

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