I am Japanese.  My name is Mitsunobu Goto.  It seems to be hard for European people to pronounce the name of Oriental countries people.  Do you think that we had better get another hypocoristic name for better communications?  For example, Mitch or Gino.  Most of us don't have such European names.

Jun 17, 2014 7:11 PM
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Hi Goto,

Thanx for teaching me a new word and, I find this is a very interesting question. I would like to ask one too. Do westerners change their name when they live or work in Asia for example ? This is all about western domination, and a way to preserve a supremacy in all areas, as far as in the identity of the personn. There are many examples in history in which the people have to change their names because of the european or american inability just to try to pronunce it the right way. I think this is not respectfull to the personn. There is a comparable situation in France, when someone can't have a job, or a flat, because of a foreign name, especially african, or north african name.

So I won't blame an asian who changes his name for better work opportunities, or another reason cause the world is just like that. I find this is sad that we can't accept the other completely. I love Masanobu Fukuoka, Murakami Ryu, and Hiroaki Umeda for their works, and for me, their name is a part of their personnality.

June 18, 2014

Hypocoristic, nice word! I work with many people from China, and most of them use hypocoristic names. I think it's useful but maybe occidental people may make the effort and learn to pronounce your names.

June 17, 2014

When I lived in Spain no one could pronounce my name so I had to come up with something different. I just understood that the sounds in my name didn't exist in Spanish so since I was in their country I adapted to them instead of badgering ever Spanish person I met to try to say my name. I was there to learn Spanish, not to teach English to strangers. 


So, it depends if the Westerners are in your country or you are in theirs! If they are in your country, they should take the effort to try to pronounce your name correctly. If you are in their country, we have an expression in the US, while in Rome, do as the Romans do. 



June 21, 2014

My opinion is to use your real name.  While I understand that many of my countrymen have trouble pronouncing foreign names (along with just about any foreign word, for that matter), I usually get just a twinge of irritation when I suspect that someone is "dumbing down" their name.  I guess I get irritated because I suspect that they're doing it so this stupid American can understand it.


Thanks for starting this topic.  It has made me reconsider how I react to hypocoristic names.  (And, I learned a new word!)

June 21, 2014

I thing, it's a matter of personal expression. Hipocoristics sound 'cute' sometimes, foreign names sound 'cool' sometimes, and sometime both are annoying. But too bad if you have to take it seriously. If you prefer to be called Gino - then you, probably 1) personally accept the very idea of those hypocorisstics 2) like something about the name 'Gino'.  Why there should exist a _right_ decision??

BTW, Mitch doesn't sound as hypocoristic name. It's contraction of Mitchell, eh? Should work as a contraction of Mitsunobu a well. I'm not an English speaker though.

June 18, 2014
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