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Originally posted by xieyang at 2007-4-5 01:43
Why can't they address us by our Chinese names, it's just so stupid.
Yeah, there's a whole thread about that too. But take heart, it happens to other people too in the rest of the world, with other languages. When I was in school in the US, our spanish teacher gave us all spanish names. I hated mine! But what I realize now is, it's not a very serious thing, and I could've changed it if I wanted to. I could have said to her, "I don't like Pilar, can I be Maria?" or something, and she probably wouldn't have cared one bit.
I think the reason for choosing a foreign name in the case of school is to keep the flavor of the class, especially when you're all supposed to be speaking that language. A name in your new language has the same sounds as the rest of the language, and could help make it more fun.
HOWEVER, I think it's only fun if you like the new name and you're a kid. I teach adults now and I don't suggest they have an english name, I try to call them whatever they tell me to call them. WHen they register at our school, they are supposed to write an english name "so it's easier for the foreign teachers to remember it".... maybe some foreign teachers find it easier, but that makes me feel stupid.
(hey we both ended our posts with the word 'stupid')