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May 4th, 2013 07:30 AM #1
Okay, so I teach in China, and often have students with bizarre/ outdated English names. Sometimes, I'm not sure whether or not the name is really that bad, or just not my taste. Pixie, Gemini, Candy, and Enn all had to change their names. After a conversation with Sharon, she decided to change to Tamsin (something a bit younger), and I decided Hans actually fits Hans...
But the problem comes with Yolanda. She's quite overweight, very awkward, and her English is not so great. So, if I changed her name, it would need to be something easy (no more than 3 syllables, no 'th', and no consonant clusters like 'str'). My issue is that I've never actually known someone named Yolanda, and I personally find it to be a really unattractive, and almost awkward name. It almost makes her seem more awkward to me... but am I over thinking it?
So I guess my question is: Does Yolanda need to be changed? Would you bat an eye if you met a young Yolanda? Is it an awkward name like I seem to think of it as? If you think it's not a good name, what would be a better option?
Thanks!Emiliana Pari Debuts July 2014Soren Pasha, Caspian Bardia, Raphael
May 4th, 2013 07:59 AM #3Senior Member
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Why would you change somebody else names? Why do you think you are the one who should think this through? Why are they changing theirs names?Sorry for bad English, I am from other country
May 4th, 2013 08:01 AM #5
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May 4th, 2013 09:44 AM #9
Hi, my name is Pixie Wang" can actually hurt your chances for having a real career, as people will generally assume your English is poor. After all, why else would you choose Pixie or Water (I met a Water today)?
Obviously, you cannot force a student to change their name. However, they often choose names from the internet or without any idea of which name to choose.
So, to reiterate the questions...
Is this a name that would cause you to bat an eye? Would it seem strange or out-of-place?Emiliana Pari Debuts July 2014Soren Pasha, Caspian Bardia, Raphael