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Now, this depends

by jdclyde In reply to Names

If it is difficult because it is a traditional name from another culture, then by all means this is a chance to learn something. ( and if you don't like to learn things, then you made a big mistake going into IT )

Now, the latest trends in the US where people give their kids stupid names just because they think it is cool or different, the parents should get slapped.

My name is NEVER pronounced correctly as it is German. You get used to it (I guess).

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What's really bad

by Jaqui In reply to Now, this depends

is when someone from Great Britain can't correctly pronounce my last name..a good Scottish last name.

Actually there has only been one person I have met who pronounced it correctly right off the top, and HE was from Scotland.

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I don't get it

by M_a_r_k In reply to Names

Seems to me that your coworker was being one-sided. Difficult to pronounce names are a matter of perspective. If your Indian vendor did not grow up in the U.S. and was unfamiliar with some of our names, I am sure he could say the same thing about our names that your coworker did about his name. An "easy" name to one person might be a "hard" name to another. And vice versa. I can't pronounce or even spell a lot of Polish names, for example. I grew up with a kid of Polish descent. I never could figure out how to spell the kid's freakin' last name. But I'm sure Poles have no problem at all with Polish names. And many Poles may have difficulty pronouncing some American names. It's funny that your coworker is just now finding out about this. He needs to get out more. Or read more books. This has been a problem since Adam and Eve ate the apple, which caused God to give every nationality a different language.

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by Montgomery Gator In reply to I don't get it

It was the collapse of the Tower of Babel (the guy who built it was a real Nimrod), not the fruit from the Tree of Knowlege that Adam and Eve ate, when God gave us different languages. It was His way of having us spread across the whole world instead of being concentrated in Mesopotamia after Noah's Flood. :-)

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Me being an Indian ...

by stargazerr In reply to Names

I would say give the guy a good Wallop ....

I have heard this loads of times that my name is difficult too pronounce ... but most of the people I meet, including my co-workers, make an effort to try it ...

And if I come across someone who doesn't bother to pronounce it correctly, well I just become deaf and blind untill they do ....


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I make an effort

by jardinier In reply to Names

not only to learn how to pronouce a person's name, but also to learn basic words in foreign languages -- and here I am referring mainly to Asians because I happen to like them.

They are flattered and grateful that I can pronouce even one word correctly.

I am invariably complimented on my pronunciation of Mandarin. I know six words, but that is more than sufficient to demonstrate that I respect Chinese people sufficiently to bother to learn a few words of their language.

I know one word of Hindi, one word of Japanese and one word of Korean. But just one word can be guaranteed to produce a smile.

My former mechanic was a Hindu Indian from Zimbabwe. Everyone called him "PJ" and he was quite happy with that, even though it was easy enough to learn his full name which was Pravan Jinabai.

I always ask check-out girls and service station attendants and any other foreigners I meet where they come from. They are always happy to tell me, and I ask them how to pronouce their names.

I guess I'm just an Asian-lover.

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Go go go ...

by stargazerr In reply to I make an effort

What word of Hindi do you know?? I am Indian and interested in knowing


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by jardinier In reply to Go go go ...

well it's a start.

In my area of Sydney there are a lot of people working in petrol stations and supermarkets, as well as on the railways and just about everywhere else, who are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Of these of course there is a much higher proportion of Muslims than Hindus. I am quite familiar with the Hindu religion and have a great respect for Indians on this point alone.

So I first learnt the word "namaste" from a young Indian who was working at a petrol station.

As I have computer software covering all the major languages of the world (which I never get around to using) perhaps you could suggest the next most common word of Hindi.

Incidentally I absolutely LOVE the unique way Indians pronounce English. Often I mimic it to amuse Indians.

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Oddly enough ...

by stargazerr In reply to Namaste

I never could pronounce English in the usual Indian accent ... My friends kidded me so much about my "accent" that I never used English ...

You could try the sentence "Aap Kaise Hain" ... it means How are You?? ... aap is "you" but in formal terms ... we have the word "you" in 3 formats ... but lets not go into that .... Kaise means "How" ... and hain means "are" ...

1st lesson in hindi Complete


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What's with this namaste word?

by M_a_r_k In reply to Namaste

That's the second time in a month that I've heard this word here on TR. Two different people have said it's the only Indian word they know. Two people each know one and only word--and it's the same word--out of 2 billion words in a language. What a bizarre coincidence. ? Uh...I forget. Does the Indian language have 2 billion words or is that the number of people living in India. Well whatever, you get my point about the coincidence. ****, the only Indian word I know is outsource. hah!

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