11 Nov '11, 2am

[Daily Blog Reads] The problem with my name on it - I have a problem: The English can't pronounce my name. You see,

[Daily Blog Reads] The problem with my name on it - I have a problem: The English can't pronounce my name. You see,

I have a problem: The English can’t pronounce my name. You see, my official name (Shen Qiaoyun) is written in hanyu pinyin, which is the English phonetic representation of Mandarin. So the English would read it as Kiao Yoon because Q is supposed to be a hard K sound in English. Some of them even get stressed because Q is not supposed to come without a U. “What on earth is this word?!” they’d be thinking to themselves. “It breaks all the rules of the English language!” They’d make an attempt: “Kuh… Keeee… Kao… Keeeeowwww? Kiao Yoooon? The doctor will see you now.” I don’t want to be called Kiao Yoon forever. So what am I going to do? The most logical solution is to legally change my name. But that is a massive pain in the behind. I have already done that. I changed my name once in November 2005 for feng shui reasons and had to go through the tedious process of updating reco...

Full article: http://sheylara.com/2011/11/the-problem-with-my-name-on-it/

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