Almost no one can pronounce my name. Literally. No one! [name_f]Every[/name_f] single new substitute teacher I’ve met, every new person, none of them have been able to pronounce my name. It’s [name_u]Day[/name_u]-sha. [name_f]Aisha[/name_f]. But no D, for those of you who don’t know. The mispronounciation of my name it doesn’t really affect my education or life, but it does annoy me and irritates me towards the person.
Some of worst name mispronounciation I’ve ever had was, mainly substitute teachers who I feel didn’t even try to pronounce my name Ay-sha, but they said [name_f]Asha[/name_f] or others.
I’ve had Eye-ee-sha, [name_f]Asha[/name_f], [name_f]Ashia[/name_f], Ee-sha, Eye-sha, there’s more.
I wouldn’t be annoyed, irritate, or hold a grain of resentment if at least they tried. I feel like it’s all a matter of respect and kindness. If people are kind, then they’ll try. But if they don’t, it’s like they’re just dismissing you and your name. [name_m]Even[/name_m] if I correct people multiple times, I still get called [name_f]Asha[/name_f] sometimes.
A common interaction would go like this;
Person: Whats’ your name?
Me: [name_f]Aisha[/name_f]. Ay-Sha.
Person: [name_m]Hi[/name_m], [name_f]Asha[/name_f]!
Person: Uh, that’s what I said. Eye-ee-sha.
Me: Why do I even try. You’d think I just said my name was something crazy like… Balaborotica, not [name_f]Aisha[/name_f]!
That’s why roll call can be a bit stressful for me. Personally, I love my name and it’s meaning for my family, and I hope that other’s can see that by at least trying to pronounce it the right way.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on my last names…