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Pronouncing Names
11-01-08, 10:09 pm
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 How many times have you wondered “How to say that name?”  I found a website that may help.  It’s stronger on Asian names than South American, but every little bit helps.

If you don’t understand how to pronounce someone’s name, ask and ask again.  Don’t assume it’s pronounced the same way in Feslandia as it is here, either.  “Daniel” can become “Dahn-YELL.”   “Mary” could be “Mar-ree.”

 I’ve volunteered almost 20 years with exchange students.  Every year, I learn new names.

I’ve written several other posts about names.


Superb, Insightful Story About Names
04-25-08, 7:41 pm
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 I read a WONDERFUL blog post today from Daisy’s Dead Air.  Daisy wrote about her name.  Sounds simple?  She is a white woman with a stereotypical ‘black’ name.
I’ve written about names before, but nothing as good as this post.  I urge you to go read it now.

How Important is Your Name?
03-18-08, 12:11 am
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  •  If you are an exchange student, prepare for a new name.   It’s easier to just let it go instead of getting upset and fighting all year.  Some languages don’t use the same alphabet, same letters, split syllables differently, and many pronounce letters and vowels differently. 
    Some examples:  
  •  V-in German V is pronounced as W.   In Latin American Spanish, V sounds like B.  Students are taught the sounds are ‘Big B’ and ‘Little B.’
    J– In Chile, J sounds like Y, but in Argentina, it’s a zsh sound.  If your name is Jim, you can be either Yim or Zshim.  Other languages pronounce Jim as Him.
  • The name ‘Doug’ can be pronounced as Dug, Doog, Dog, Duck, or Doe.   Sarah can be Sar-rah like car.   Andrea will probably be Ahn-dray-ah.   David can be Dah-veed.  Christian is Cris-ti-ahn.  Patricia can be Pah-TREESS-i-ah.
  • Boys names here can be girls names there. Laurence (Lah-rhawnss) is a girls name in French.  Andrea can be a boys name.

    Previous post on names here.   As for me, I didn’t know my name until I was 14, and my mother asked me to sign my Social Security card.  Let’s say I always thought my name was the old-fashioned, elegant name of Elizabeth.  My card read Lizzie.  Mom said Dad gave the hospital the wrong name to put on the birth certificate.  They didn’t understand why I was upset, since ‘Elizabeth IS your real name.  It’s your Baptismal name.’  Sheesh.   Why didn’t they fix it?  They didn’t understand why I was royally pissed and upset.  I’ve hated my name ever since.  I should’ve changed it when I was 18.    Cue karma.  My father found out his name was different a few years ago.  His went from the nickname to the proper name though.  Boy, was he upset!   I kept my mouth shut.

10-07-07, 11:52 pm
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Logo How Many of Me? is a fun site.  How many people in the US have your name?  I entered several exchange student names.  Many first names had 0.  No one is named  Angelin,  Argus, Ceres, Clary, Cleber, Dimas, Eliska, Elodie, Fanette, Frantisek, Jairo, Lais, Manon, Maryse, Milou, Minou,  Ornella,  Palvi,  Quirine, Remy, Segolene, Sinead, Tanguy, Thais, Thiago, Yoanna, Ynaie, or Vikram according to the 1990 census.

EDITED to add: I loathe the new ‘name’ Nevaeh.  Why would anyone name their child ‘Heaven’ spelled backwards? Actually, why would you name a child ‘Heaven?’  All it means is the parents are idiotic trailer trash.  There is a difference between unique and yoo-neek. Learn it.