(Closed) Would you have trouble pronouncing any of these names?

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Post # 76
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Busy bee
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MrsYoshida:  Emily (Emiri) in kanji is super popular now. I teach at an all girls school, and I swear there is one in every class. 

Post # 77
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Blushing bee
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Jabberwocky:  Oh, I see. I’ve been pronouncing it quite differently then. Kaida though with either pronounciation still sounds quite pretty lol. How would you pronounce Kaede?

Post # 79
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Buzzing bee
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koiocha:  Oh really? That’s good to hear, because you must know how Japanese people hate to stand out and be different!

I’ve never met an Emiri though, it was just an idea!

Post # 80
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Busy bee
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MrsYoshida:  Judging by my students’ names, the general trend with Japanese girls’ names now seems to be names that sound kind of foreign, like Emiri (Emily), Arisa (Alisa), Risa (Lisa), Karin, Rio, Runa (Luna), Ruka (Luka), Sara, Eri (Elly), Arisu (Alice), etc.

I personally want to name my future half-Japanese daughter Bianca. It’s a classic western name but I think it would be easy for Japanese people to pronounce. If I had to choose a Japanese name, I’d choose Mika.

Post # 82
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Buzzing bee
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Jabberwocky:  I don’t know a single international couple that hasn’t given their half (or I say mixed) child a middle name, and yet my husband is against the idea for ‘paperwork reasons’ and I’m indifferent after growing up not really liking my own middle name, so we’re breaking the mould and not doing it.

Post # 83
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Bumble bee
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Jabberwocky:  

Most of those are going to throw people who aren’t acquainted with Japanese pronunciation off. So just go with what you love, you’ll be talking to them, they will learn it.

Chihiro – LOVE!

What are your thoughts re Kaori nn Kaorin? – ^_^

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Post # 84
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Helper bee
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Chihiro. Cuz spirited away. 

Post # 85
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Bumble bee
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Jabberwocky:  Based on the way you  sounded them out, I would get these ones right:

Luna, Hotaru, Hana (but you’d get a lot of people saying Hannah by accident), Mirai — Sora, Kenta, Hiro.

Ones that I would get if I got to stare at your child’s name for a long time before I tried to say it: Hotaru, Tsubasa, Yuuta

Ones I would just give up on and resort to saying”Hey – kid in the blue shirt” lol: Chihiro, Kaede, Akane, Hikari, Hikaru, Eiji. The two with the ‘e’ at the end that is pronounced is not natural to me. My instinct tells me it should be silent. With the others, I’m at a loss for what sound the ‘i’ might make. For example, is Hikari like Hickory? Or is it Hee-ka-ree? Or Hih-ka-rih? Which syllable should I emphasize? I have no idea.

For background: I live on the east coast and don’t know too many people from Japan. The ones I grew up with in school tended to modify their names or adopt ‘english’ names to avoid having their names mispronounced all the time. I’m well educated, but just haven’t had much exposure to Japanese culture.

Post # 86
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Helper bee
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Yeah, I wouldn’t worry too much on if your relatives can pronounce it. My Mom is Japanese and my relatives never say her name correctly but they use a nickname that is close enough. My middle name is Japanese and no one has ever said it correctly, but it doesn’t bother me. I like the names Yuuta, Kenta, also the name Shota (not on your list), and Kazuya (my son’s middle name). I also love the name Sakura for a girl, but it seems pretty trendy. Sakura Matsuri has a special place in my heart, so I might use it anyway.

Post # 89
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Bumble bee
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koiocha:  I am curious about what a “kirakira” (sparklesparkle?) name is 🙂

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Jabberwocky: I probably wouldn’t have trouble with any of those names. (And I think they are all beautiful, by the way!)

But that’s probably because I watch a lot of anime. (My DD is named after my favorite anime character — LOL) I think your non-Japanese family members will quickly get used to the name and pronounce it correctly, but you’ll likely have to tell them how to say it in the beginning. 

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