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Originally posted by superkylin at 2007-3-21 11:08
Thanks for some obvious advice I should have known. I'll try harder to remember whole names. I forget names easily even in english, so I admit I don't remember them easily in chinese. And I thought of another idea..... Maybe I could say to them in chinese something like, "which do you prefer?", then they'll not only understand my question but know that I'm willing to speak some chinese and at least try to say their name right if they want me to use it.
The thing is, it's a little confusing to me, because in a class, I have a list of names in pinyin, and I need to check off their names when they come in. So I ask their name, and they either say an english name, a chinese name, or they ask me "chinese or english?" Or, very often I just show them the list and they point to it or mark it themselves, but I don't learn their names that way. So there are two parts to this. I do need their chinese name for attendance, but IF they have a nickname (chinese or english) that they'd like me to call them, I'd like to know that too. Hmm....
It seems like this should be a simple affair.....
I guess the main problem lies in the fact that SOME people use english names and some don't, and of those who do, I don't know if they really like it or not, or if they're doing it because they were told to when they enrolled at the school (they are asked to choose one when they enroll).
Maybe when I have some new faces I can do a 5-10minute lesson on names. I could include the questions I ask, because they may be asked them in the future, and maybe I can get a better idea of who likes their english name and who'd rather not use one. In the process, I can list their names on the board! Then maybe I'll remember them!