Ph.D. comics’ Jorge Cham’s latest webcomic summarizes the name pronunciation problem I got since I set foot in Canada:
The difference is people seem to actually care in his case 😉
At the end of CSC318, Winter 2005, when my team and myself discovered your name was actually pronounced “whore-hey”, the shock that we’d been mispronouncing your name for 1 whole semester was such that we felt like total idiots for a long time.
It’s been a long time since I lost track of who pronounces it how, so no worries. And actually I’m not thrilled about “whore-hey” either 🙂
The same problem over here. The funny thing is finding that a manager actually pronounced perfectly my name over the phone. I was amazed…. until I found out she was actually raised in Spain!
We are together in our pain 🙂
So I’ve settled for a way to explain in writing how to pronounce “Jorge” to English speakers. Thinking of the uppercase “H” as a strong, hard sound, then:
sort of does the trick.
finally i could pronounces my customers with correct way….thank you…
But then you forgot how to put a sentence together ! Damn English speakers any way.
I think the problem is not in the consonants but in the vowels. But this problem has stronger roots. There is no easy fix for it Hor-Hehis.
I’m glad you empathize. You got it easy 😉
Actually, people call me “liou” (read these as you would in spanish) or “leiou” because they cannot say “leo.” Let alone “Leonardo” (“Liounahrdou”). But it doesn’t bother me.
Where I am from no self respecting Jorge would let anyone call him Hor-hey. They would make it clear it is hor-he with a short e like in egg at the end.
Maricela, you must come from the mythical land of the ever patient Jorges 🙂 I lost my self-respect a while back: I don’t even wince anymore when I’m called, say, Yourghey.
Still, when people are interested, I’m pleased to clarify matters. The “short e as in egg” advice would work.
Good design, who make it?
Hammm… Nice article… Interesting.
Very good site. Thank you!!!
i have a boyfriend named jorge and it sounds like hor- hay because some people dont relize its actually jorge like in engilsh george.
A famous (and fabulous) Madrid composer’s name is Jorge Grundman..
Anybody know how to pronounce it properly?
I’m Colombian and I like the name Jorge lol. I don’t blame people for their pronunciation, and sometimes it can be funny. However I’m proud of the name so it doesn’t bother me either way-especially since some girls like it!
You can hear the mp3 pronunciation ‘HHAORHHey’ here: http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Jorge
I like my name and even though the Aust don’t know how 2pronounce it… bn para mí
The name Jorge is very likely a Portuguese variant of the name George. Probably pronounced “Hor-hay’
By the way, you can see more information about the name here at http://www.quickbabynames.com
I bet I have more problems with people not being able to pronounce my name. 😀
My wife’s name is Mariko but she changes it to Mary so as to make it easier for English people. Some guy in LA told me I should change my name from Andy to something more American like Bob or Bill. I have never liked my name and were I in the US now I would change it to Bob just to make life easier
My middle name is Jorge and i’m Portuguese. The correct pronunciation in Portuguese is as you would pronounce george in english. In Spanish it is pronounced “or-hay”. Get your facts straight people!
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