Thursday, January 10, 2013

Her name is WHAT? or How do you pronounce THAT?!

First, it was Chiwetel Ejiofor.  Now Quvenzhané Wallis!  Actors with "strange", "'hard to pronounce" names that they aren't dumbing down for a lazy public are blazing the trail for me.  Chiwetel's name was the inspiration for my using my own first name which requires its own mini phonetics lesson.  Tzena.  Sounds like "Ts-ay-nah".  No, the "t" isn't silent; no, it's not "like Xena: Warrior Princess".  It's Tzena.  Tzena!  (and I can only say it twice in a row, else someone will start singing the Jewish harvest song, "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena"...)
Ach, .... you'll learn it soon enough, when I start burning up the big screen.  ;-)

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