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Should international students change their names in class?

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Wow, @TakeruK, you’ve certainly had some incredibly disrespectful experiences!  It’s awful that people actually behave that way.

I’m currently working as a health professional, and where I work, we have a lot of clients who are new Canadians.  Quite a number of them have names that can be challenging for anglophones or francophones to pronounce.  When I call them for their appointment, I always make a point of asking them how to correctly pronounce their name.  Sometimes my mouth just can’t get it right (subtle differences in pronounciation that my ear just can’t pick up), but I’m not intending to offend - I just can’t “hear” the correct pronounciation.  Most clients understand; after all, they may have problems with some English or French words!

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