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Joosje.

I love this name. It's Dutch. It's the diminutive form of "Johanna", pronounced like something between "YU-sha" and "YO-sha". I heard it as almost an "ou" diphthong, but not quite.

It's such a pretty name and I love the way it's spelled too. It's too bad the poor girl will probably have the most hideous time with no one saying it right though... at least in North America. I can hear the Culturally Impaired pronouncing it "juicy" already. *ick* >K{

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easter
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Speaking of names, what do you know about Bei Bei:

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from the Beijing Olympics? How exactly do you pronounce it?
bride
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
It's "Bay-Bay" =)

Aaaw... all of them are so cute =D
easter
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
*screams* I'm so excited! I was hoping it was "Bay Bay." That's been Peter's dorky little name for me for years. Heeeee!
bride
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Hee =)
derusto
Feb. 28th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
My neighbors in Germany called my sister something similar to "juicy", her name is Chelsea.
bride
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
D'oh! =P
derusto
Feb. 28th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
I thought it was rather cute. I still refer to her as that sometimes :P
jessie_l
Feb. 28th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
hmmm, nice name.

i'll ask some of my friends in china and see what they will pronounce it :P
amarins
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
I'm from the Netherlands and Joosje isn't a very common name over here. Woman of 50 and older are called like that.
Johanna is much more likely shortened into Anna, Anne,Anneke or Janna. I never knew that Joosje was short for Johanna.

When my husband and I talk about possible names (we want to give our children traditional Frisian names, because we both have Frisian names too) we always think about how the name is going to be pronounced by foreigners.
science_vixen
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Or Joke or Jo.
Here and there it will be shortend to Josje (short O).


amarins
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
those three names are also more for the generation of my mothers age. I don't know any Jokes from my own age.
Josje is more a name from the South (I'm from the North)
science_vixen
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
On a whole the names are considdered old fashioned yes.

On the other hand...
I live in Amsterdam where I know several Josjes in in the age between 30 and 50. I have noticed the name resurfacing on several birthcards lately.
I do admit that the name is much more popular around Eindhoven and Tilburg.

Most Jokes I know are 50 and older. Allmost all the Jokes I know are from Noord Holland.

Jo is a name which I know mainly from the Surinam community, though it is gaining some renewed popularity with recent births.
science_vixen
Feb. 28th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
On pronounciation:
Joosje
Joo as the YEO in Yeoman
S is sharp, as in Simon.
je as the YU from Yuppie.
chenpion
Mar. 1st, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
My friend's Finnish...
And Johanna is a VERY common name over there. I'll have to ask her about this nickname... I know she goes by 'Jo' and 'Joe', but maybe she's never mentioned this to me because I couldn't pronounce it properly.
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bride
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: Tangent alert!
紅 (hóng) is "red".

燈籠 (dēng lóng) is "lantern".

The movie "Raise the Big Red Lantern" is 大紅燈籠高高掛 (dà hóng dēng lóng gāo gāo guà) starring 鞏俐 (Gong Li), directed by 張藝謀 (Zhang Yimou).

Just in case that was your next question =D
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bride
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: Tangent alert!
Hahaha!! That's okay, but now you know XD
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