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HOW TO PRONOUNCE MACHIN

 
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quisto
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: HOW TO PRONOUNCE MACHIN Reply with quote

pronouncing

Hello Frends,

In Finland we have a "big" problem - HOW TO PRONOUNCE Arnold MACHIN´s last name. I think that I am the only one here to know it, but I would like to have a statement from you - the EXPERTS.

With kind regards
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Kyösti Kaukiainen
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cdj1122
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While there may be some variation due to the normal differences between regional accents among native English speakers (I have been trying to duplicate the Aussie ""ai" sound for years. Laughing ) for me in Florida English it is "May-Chin". I have seen otherwise reasonably adept locals try to deal with the "Mac" part as they stumble through the sequence;
MacDuff, Macintosh, Machine and Machin. (Did anyone try to say Mac-hine ? Very Happy )
Obviously people are entitled to pronounce their own name in almost any reasonable, and at times unreasonable, way they wish, since it is their own name, the only person who could provide a definitive answer has passed away, thus, we would have to rely on a sound recording of his speech patterns.

Some of our UK members may have heard Arnold Machin speak and can provide the local answer.

But unless that is different and provided to us, I will stick to "May-Chin" or perhaps "Mai-chin", which to me are the same.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pronounce it Mashin...as in mashin the potatoes. HOWEVER I know this is wrong. My sons deputy head is called Mr May-chin, so I believe that's how it should be pronounced. The problem is, after 20 years of saying it incorrectly, I now can't say it properly without considerable thought and effort!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe your son is right, but do understand the problem of habit. I think either way accomplishes the purpose.
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