Pronouncing Taryn Zhang

When I first married my husband, I contemplated changing my name, except if I did, I’d forever be mispronouncing my own name. I cannot pronounce “Zhang” correctly. My husband and his family pronounce it something akin to “Jrrohhng.” My tongue hurts when I try to pronounce it that way. So I say “Zayng,” like zany with a twang.

Wrong or right, that is how I pronounce it. Zany with a twang. And that’s how anybody trying to say Taryn Zhang should say the Zhang.

As for Taryn, some say tear-in, like tear my heart to shreds, while I say tahr-en. It’s softer sounding. Tar, like the viscous black stuff. En, like enchant, or entice. Tahr-en Zayng.

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In Chinese, the name of the brand is pronouned “da lun,” my mother’s best transliteration for Taryn. Normal this name is not! The majority of the native Chinese population would wring their faces at the juxtaposition of those two characters and look puzzled. However, I love the poetry of the name, and the meaning behind it.

Also, not sure if anybody noticed this, but I thought I’d be cute by drawing the first character “da” in “da lun” on one of my two-dimensional models from the previous post. I drew it from memory (while sick with the flu; that’s my excuse!) and it turns out it was wrong. In fact, I had drawn a completely different word.

oops

See the error? The top square thing isn’t connected to the bottom line like I had done on the model’s tee. Oops! =P

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  • http://www.maeko.org/ Maeko

    Several comments:

    1. I have always pronounced the last name “Zhang” as like Jzhang… like how some people “French-ize” the “Jay” in Tar-zjay? It's like a buzzing “SH” sound. Kind of like that. “Zjhong…”I guess would be the the way I'd spell it phonetically? I guess I'm wrong.. haha! My husband lived in Bei Jing for half a year, and he told me zh sounds like a less harsh “CH”… I don't get it. Mandarin is a crunchy, confusing language. I'll never get my head around it. :) Japanese: much easier. Unless you're counting things, people, animals, pencils, babies, furniture, etc–that shit is effing hard!

    2. Thanks for your comment on thereafterish.! I'm glad it was a dream, too. Albeit extraordinarily frightening, but a dream nonetheless! It did kind of call me to action, because I've been painfully out of touch with my parents since the wedding in August. Maybe a phone call or email once a week or every two (which is aeons too long for them!). But that made me want to call my dad every day or so. It will probably end up being every week again further down the line, but at least until his birthday next month, I plan on being very “audible” to them.

    I love my camera, too. But you should see the images my husband gets with his lens on his Canon 7D! It's insane. The depth of field on that baby! Mine is very… weak of a lens.

  • http://www.maeko.org/ Maeko

    Several comments:

    1. I have always pronounced the last name “Zhang” as like Jzhang… like how some people “French-ize” the “Jay” in Tar-zjay? It's like a buzzing “SH” sound. Kind of like that. “Zjhong…”I guess would be the the way I'd spell it phonetically? I guess I'm wrong.. haha! My husband lived in Bei Jing for half a year, and he told me zh sounds like a less harsh “CH”… I don't get it. Mandarin is a crunchy, confusing language. I'll never get my head around it. :) Japanese: much easier. Unless you're counting things, people, animals, pencils, babies, furniture, etc–that shit is effing hard!

    2. Thanks for your comment on thereafterish.! I'm glad it was a dream, too. Albeit extraordinarily frightening, but a dream nonetheless! It did kind of call me to action, because I've been painfully out of touch with my parents since the wedding in August. Maybe a phone call or email once a week or every two (which is aeons too long for them!). But that made me want to call my dad every day or so. It will probably end up being every week again further down the line, but at least until his birthday next month, I plan on being very “audible” to them.

    I love my camera, too. But you should see the images my husband gets with his lens on his Canon 7D! It's insane. The depth of field on that baby! Mine is very… weak of a lens.