Getting Students’ Names Right: Why It Matters
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Getting Students’ Names Right: Why It Matters


– My name is Michelle Thuy Ngoc Duoc. – My name is Francis DeLoso. – My name is Edgar Nahum Camarena. – I hear Dwung, Dwong, Dong. – They say like Francis,
but they spell it, sometimes they hear it as
like, my sister’s name, as, with an ‘e’ and I have it with an ‘i’. – I actually heard Camarina. They don’t really pronounce the ‘r’. – My name is Jason Nguyen. Most people pronounce
my name like Nuguyen, but it’s actually pronounced ‘when’. – My name is Jerri Briggs, J-E-R-R-I They normally put a ‘y’ at
the end instead of an ‘i’. – Fernando Escobar. They say Fernan, like Fernondo, but it’s actually Fernando. – Hi, my name is Kashmir Perez. Usually people mistake my
first name for Cashmire. They add an ‘e’ at the end and instead of a ‘K’ they put a ‘C’. – My name is Kailani Ferraz. They say Kolani, Kilani. – Hi, my name is Cinthya Hernandez. Everyone spells it wrong pretty much. No one has spelled it right. Not even my mom, she spells it wrong too. My name is spelled C-I-N-T-H-Y-A.

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8 thoughts on “Getting Students’ Names Right: Why It Matters

  1. My name is Bill Freese. My coworkers have shown me on many occasions that they respect me and honor and appreciate my work. They usually mispronounce, and often misspell, my name. It does not bother me. I make every effort to pronounce other people's names correctly, and I appreciate any patience shown by others when I get them wrong.

  2. Just about everyone has had their names misspelled before, with the exception of the John Smiths and other obvious spellings. The vast majority of people in my life have misspelled and to a lesser extent mispronounced my name, largely due to its uncommon spelling in my region. Lewis, Lois, Luis, Luise… Anything you could imagine. One thing was consistent though: every time it was a simple and harmless misunderstanding. How can anyone tell the verbal difference between Lewis and Louis? How could anyone tell the difference between Francis and Frances? Just something to keep in mind when progressing in your campaign.

  3. Teachers should learn to pronounce names like Nguyen and other common names of other cultures. However, parents should stop trying to be cute by using unique spellings or pronunciations of their kids names. Teachers, like most people, don't like to make mistakes in public. It is too easy to avoid the issue by not calling upon the kid with the difficult name.

  4. Some parents have chosen both over-complicated spellings and pronunciations that make it almost impossible to say. AN-NA-STA-CCCCCCCCCCCCCC-AH. The "C" sound must be long, louder than the remainder of the name and over-emphasized to make the child happy. Yes, that is going to play in the workplace for the next 35 years. Overly cute, complicated, or other oddity is not helpful to either the child nor anyone wanting to interact with the child or later, adult.

  5. The psychology is pretty clear. Telling people to dwell on negative perceptions doesn't actually help them. It teaches them that there is a hostile world. You are creating trauma where none actually exists. And if you want to think that you get to lecture me, look at my last name: Langdon. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s everyone called me Landon. Not my name, but I am not a name.

  6. I don't mind too much when people misspell my name (there are two ways to spell Stephens and something like five ways to spell Daryl), but I do get ever so slightly annoyed when I tell someone how to spell it and then they just write whatever they want.

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