What's in a name?

What's in a name?

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Do you have a common or an unusual name? Do you like your name? 

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AliceZ's picture
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Well... My name is Alice as you all see, and as you should know that is a very common name, right? Don't make me taking about "Alice's adventures in wonderland"again... My name is common doesn't meant I don't know uncommon names! Do you know Evangeline?

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hadia's picture
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Evangeline is a lovely name. Last week I was reading a book and there was a girl named Evangeline. Nick named as Evie or more oftenly as Eva. She was so fragile and innocent. And I just loved her character.

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MyAnh's picture
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Hello LearnEnglishTeens! I have a question. If I want to practise listening English with high levels, what must I do? Thank you very much.

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Tina - Coordinator's picture
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Hi MyAnh :)
Well you have come to the right place ... to improve your English skills you need to practise as much as you can and if possible, everyday! We have tons of different activities here for you to choose from so do make sure you find something that you are interested in.
Try our Magazine section  and if you are interested in learning more about the UK, check out  UK Now.
Good luck with your learning ... Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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MyAnh's picture
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In my country, my name is not unusual. But it's usually be confused. My name is My Anh, but some people call me Minh Anh. No problem! I love my name because I think it's so beautiful.

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Aiana178's picture
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My name's Aiana and it means "the moon mother".My name is pretty rare in my country and that's why it's always misspelt.
Aiana sounds similar to Ayana(this name is more common in our country) and everyone that I tell my name to thinks that my name's Ayana till I don't write it down. I have many charters where my name is written as Ayana or sometimes even Aidana and Daiana. I was embarrassed by my name when I was in 3 and 4th grades and always tried to avoid mentioning it. I was going to gymnastics at that time and the half of my group thought that my name was Aisana.
But now I am not embarrassed by my name and think that it's very cool have such rare name.

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My name is Giang, it means A river, it's quite common. I don't like it, nor do I hate it. At home, my mother calls me " A wild duck ", my bro calls me ' A four-eye-spider" instead of my name. When texting, my friends call me Yang or Jang or Zang or even Rang or even Dang, all these words have similar pronunciations to the word Giang. But I feel very sad and disappointed when someone misspell my name, I hate it when they write my name: giagn ?

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Ken's picture
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You know what, Gianggiang!
Incidentally, your name sounds just like 'Ta-dah!'
in my language!
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...and my name refers to sb like 'straight arrow' 'healthy' and a rock! Do you agree??

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Ken's picture
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Oh your name is cool, Giang!
I wonder why your family call you 'a wild duck'? What do you pronounce it in your language?
⁽˙³˙⁾◟( ˘•ω•˘ )◞⁽˙³˙⁾

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hadia's picture
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Hey Giang :)
You name's so cool :P
My family also calls me by different names and they're too funny and embarrassing....
My besties even don't know about those names, huh :P
And yeah this happens that we feel sad when people pronounce or misspell our name...
My name, since I've joined college, is being misspelled by my Chemistry Sir .....
He knows my namé's actual pronunciation but he does this to tease me .....I said him several times not to do this but he keeps ion doing this.......My friends really enjoy this but I don't know why he likes doing this ...... :P
He usually says GhaNNia ( Gh-NN-ee-A) instead of Ghania ( Ghaa-ne-a)
It's really made me feel bad when i just started going college but now it's okay ......Because Our Sir says it whenever he is happy ....And in his angry mood he takes my full name.......correctly :P

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Ken's picture
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By the way, once again, this part of your writing is intriguing, I'd like to know the reason!
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".....I said him several times not to do this but he keeps on doing this"
1) Out of a jealousy of your talent.
2) He is a man who never knows empathy.
3) The teacher wants a reason to be fired.
What do you think Hadia!?

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hadia's picture
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Ha ha ha....
1) I guess no teacher is jealous of his/her student's talent :P
2) Ha ha ha ,no no......
3) Hm......this one seems a bit right (joking) :P
Well, I think he has no personal motive or enmity behind it.....He just try to play with his students...that's it :P
Many of my class fellows even joke freely with him...... :p

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Ken's picture
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Hello Ghana!
Oops, Ghannia? oh oh.... Gahnia!!
Your name sounds cool, too!!
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By the way, I'd like to know your nick name in your family! What does it sound like??

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hadia's picture
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Hey Ken :P
It's neither Ghana nor Ghannia...:P
It's Ghania (Gha-ne-a) Right?? :PP
Well thanks.....Your name's nice too :-)
Ha ha ...... I guess my nickname has no meaning and it's kinda embarrassing :))
It's cute but I avoid telling anybody......
Also Hadia is the name by which my friends...(school and other fellows) call me...
When I was a kid..
My mom used to say me Vixen (female fox) Ha ha ha.....Due to my cleverness :))
Actually Ken, we speak Urdu.....so it's difficult for me to guess what my nick name means in English...I guess it has no meaning and um..hm... My Dad calls me that in just love :))
While my friends call me Ghani or Ghanuu and all the meaningless stuff....but that's loveable ...
Huh, Well, What's the meaning of Ken??
Is it a Malay name??
It sounds cool :))
What nicknames do you have....?
Are they embarrassing like the one I have or not :)
Hadia :)

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Ken's picture
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Hey Gha-ne-a!
Or Vixen! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

Thank you for your reply, it's really interesting to know about nicknames!
'Vixen' is used for cleverness? Sounds cool, though a female fox is often compared to a negative meaning according to our superstition. It deceives men with fair words by changing itself into an attractive woman, I believe you're nothing to do with the superstition, hadie!

Unfortunately, I don't have a particular nickname, you know, my name is short and it's difficult to change.
But the meaning of my name usually refers to 'healthy' and a rock!

(ؓؒؒؑؑؖؔؓؒؐؐ⁼̴̀ωؘؙؖؕؔؓؒؑؐؕ⁼̴̀ )

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Ha ha ha........Hm...Um...
Well, I guess you're right!!
Vixen is really quoted for negativity....
But my mom said it to me for I was really naughty and clever ............Huh............ :P
As Clever as A FOx :P
Healthy Ken :P
I guess when I searched meaning of Ken .....the result was knowledge.......intellect :P
Hm.......Well, your name's so nice...
I was reading a book last night and there was a character.....named Ken......He was Dr. Ken ......He was a cardiologist ...
Ha ha .....He was very attractive and had a great personality ,as was written by the writer :P
I remembered you... at that time :)))
Well, you never mentioned, what your aims are in life....and what you want to be when you grow up??
What are you studying at present by the way??
I liked the name Hadie ;p
Thanks for the nicky :P

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Ken's picture
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Hey hadie! Oh, 'intelligent ken' has completely slipped my mind! Cuz I never thought I'm knowledgeable... in fact, I'm far from a great person like Dr. Ken! You deserve Dr. Hadia!
Well, my aim in life? Difficult question! I'm not an intellect and it's hard to do a simulation forecast of my life, but one thing for sure is that I try to do my best what I can do and love. Am I answering your question?!
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┃ Be ambitious!

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hadia's picture
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Hey Ambitious Ken :P
Hm...Well, you're still not answering .....
But I can keep your reply as an answer.......!!
I mean, precisely speaking....You're a Hard worker.... Right??
And self-devoted too :PP
Well, again....you're really very creative....How come you make these pics or emoji....???
These are really wonderful :P
Teach me too :))

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Ken's picture
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Ha ha ha... good guesser, hadia!
Actually, I like being lazy <3, but somehow people around me won't allow me to slob about.... so I just resign myself to my current situation!
A perfect job for a hard worker & self-devoted person would be ..........←what do you think?? What will I be? Queserser...

Oh, do you want me to let the cat out of the bag? Oh, no! Come on, hadia!
Okay, between you and I (-.-;) ---copy & paste from "kaomoji" !
The penny dropped?
☆♫ ٩( ´ᆺ`)۶♫ ★

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hadia's picture
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Hm......being lazy???......yeah...I like that thing too..
But to cope up with med studies isn't that easy..
It's really hard...
So, unlucky me...I can't be a lazy person....... ;(
Well. What's a queserser???
I'm sorry.....I don't know what's it....
by the way.
....thanks for leaking out the secret of.....The Great Emojis.....hehehehhe
You're such a nice person.....Thanks again....
Hadia ;)))))))

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hadia's picture
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My name is Ghania ......
It's an Islamic name for Girls :)
It means rich, prosperous, inborn beauty, self-sufficient, generous :)
My Grand mother named me :))
I love my name......that's really a unique name...
Actually my siblings have a unique name too ;)
When I was in school nobody had a name like me......
Whenever I meet people first time ,they always like my name and ask me about the meaning...
In college there's a girl , not in my class, but in another whose name is same as mine but she pronounce it in a different way,.....
I think names give us a good personality ....we should reflect the meaning of our name :P
In my school, a boy in our class asked me about the meaning of name ......He wanted her sister to have the same name too :P
I really really love my name :)0

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My name's Galya. It's a Greek name and it means "quiet". I live in Russia and "Galya" is rare here but it was common in the past. I didn't like my name but now I'm used to

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My name is juna and the fact that my name is a muslim name is very beautiful i love my name and in my country Albania this name is very used .

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