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Sorry, had to take down this post for personal reasons. Thanks for your comments

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This is the easiest ....

by stargazerr In reply to but

you should try some of the other alphabets we have ... even my brother cannot pronounce them correctly ..

It is "Na" pronounced "Nuh" + "ma" pronounced "muh" + "ste" pronounced "stay" ...

<whew> .. writing pronunciations down is difficult

]:)

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Gone

by Old Guy In reply to You must be gone by now . ...

According to some folks I'm always gone (out there). But I'm back now. Hope you are having a great time in your secret place.

Thanks for the language lesson and for the pronounciation.

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Voice mails

by jardinier In reply to As always, there are two ...

Yes, what is the problem with these people who can't leave a coherent message.

I am in regular telephone communication with a French woman who has a very heavy accent. So on my advice, her recorded message now asks for the phone number to be pronounced slowly, digit by digit, and repeated.

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Now I'm on a roll

by amcol In reply to Voice mails

Another thing that frosts me is people who call up and just say "Hi, how are you?" without saying who they are, or even worse leave voicemail messages along the same lines. My brother-in-law (who my kids refer to as Uncle Dork...explains a lot) is particularly guilty of this, and I since I speak to him about once a year it's just the height of conceit that I'm expected to recognize who's on the phone on the basis of four quickly spoken syllables.

Business colleagues who leave me voicemails without indicating who they are, or who invite me to call them back without leaving their number (apparently I'm expected to go look it up or, more likely, know it by heart) don't generally remain on my Christmas list too many years in a row.

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Sadly

by JamesRL In reply to Names

Some Indian Calls centres actually have "Americanization" classes, where the students change their first name and learn american slang and cultivate an american accent.

The call centre here (starts just feet from my office) has many people from many nationalities - I am happy to be exposed to some very interesting people. If nothing else, the pot lucks are great! A couple of the caribean accents belong to one guy who is Chinese in "race" but whose family lived in Jamaica, and similarly a guy whose "race" is East Indian, but who similarly came from Barbados. I put race in quotes, because I believe both scientifically and historically there is only one race - the human one.

James

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Tell Me about it ....

by stargazerr In reply to Sadly

I hate those call centres .. They are killing our culture ... the kids are turning into Americans just because they have a FAKE american accent ...

]:)

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Story of "Bubba"

by beads In reply to Sadly

Early on in the outsourced call center years I had a support call to "Bubba". Now, when I think of a "Bubba" I don't usually think of someone with a thick sub-continental accent. However, I did play along through the call supressing my myrth along the way.

Must have been comming down with a cold that day as I kept having to interupt the conversation with my "coughing".

No biggee in the long run. Niether my first nor my last name seem to be easy enough to pronounce as they are both English in origin and follow standard phonetics. You know phonetics the rules you learned back in say the second grade?

- beads

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Same thing with foreign languages

by M_a_r_k In reply to Names

I've noticed that on the rare occasions when I've travelled to a foreign country, the locals will be a lot more inclined to help you if you at least try to fumble your way your through a few words in their native language. Walking up to a local and asking in English, "Do you speak English? I'm lost." doesn't get a very courteous response. Thumbing my way through a translation dictionary and trying to say "I'm lost!! I need directions." in the local language seems to make someone want to help more.

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I do attempt correct pronuncian but....

by oldbag In reply to Names

I am English-Canadian. Would you believe that I have the most trouble with French names? I just can't seem to get my tongue around French even though French is mandatory in schools here.

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Call Centers in India

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Names

I agree with your post 100%. However it reminded me about what I read about Call Centers in India. Some of the workers in Indian Call Centers have taken classes on how to sound like an American, and use names like "Steve" or "Mike" instead their real names like "Rajiv" and "Sanjay". I guess they don't want the customers to know that Support was outsourced to Bangalore, Hyderabad, or Mumbai.

Then again, there are Indians that do have names we think of as typical "English" names. I used to have a co-worker from India whose real name was Dennis. It was his last name that was hard to pronounce for many Americans.

Remember, many people from other countries may have the same problem with American names as some of us have with their names. I have enough problems with names of some of my fellow Americans, that sound like their parents made them up by taking Scrabble letters and seeing what they could rearrange them into. :-)

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