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  • Hello, I’m Ray! Today well be using English to discuss English names

  • Welcome to Ray’s English Corner

  • it’s been a while since I’ve done a video completely in English

  • but this topic in particular today, I feel like

  • it’s meant to be discussed in English and I’m talking about English names

  • Now first off, it is already pretty weird that every single person here in Taiwan

  • is kind of required to have an English name

  • I mean really, every single person that I know in my life has an English name

  • What’s most interesting to me is how people got their English names

  • So, taking me as an example, I just so happen to have the characterin my Chinese name

  • so I go by the English name, Ray, R-A-Y. Reasonable, right?

  • But for most people their names just don’t make any sense, it has nothing to do with their Chinese name

  • and some just got randomly assigned a name by their English teacher perhaps?

  • And that stuck for the rest of their lives

  • Come to think of it this is giving so much power to the English teachers

  • If in your classroom you don’t like a particular student

  • you can just name him Dick and ruin the rest of his life for him

  • As it stands, everyone here has their own English names

  • and I actually kind of, personally prefer it this way

  • just because of how English names are so much easier to spell out compared to Chinese names

  • Don’t know what I’m talking about?

  • Well this is usually what goes down when people ask me to write their names for them

  • Ray can you sign for me?

  • Yeah, sure, what’s your name?

  • I-Ting

  • Which “I” and whichTing”?

  • (Describes Chinese character by positioning each parts)

  • ......

  • Do you have an English name?

  • Oh, oh yeah, Cindy!

  • Oh! Cindy! Okay, good, Cindy~

  • But sometimes in Taiwan, you meet people with really, really strange English names

  • I think everywhere in the world, there’s gonna be weird names

  • but in Taiwan we have a particular style of English names weirdness

  • So in the States you can be creative and spell a name backwards and create another name off that

  • for example Nevaeh is heaven spelled backwards, and that’s pretty cool

  • But a problem with that

  • you start questioning regular names and start spelling them backwards and theyre ruined

  • For example, Natasha is Ah Satan

  • And here in Taiwan people can get really creative as well with their English names

  • In my past experience dealing with strange, weird English names here in Taiwan

  • I usually come across really literal sayings, you know

  • things that are not supposed to be names, but theyre used as an English name

  • For example, true story here

  • I’ve known people who call themselvesSteak”, “Purple”, “Diploma

  • Wait...but why?

  • Usually theyll go something like, “Oh I enjoy steaks, I like the color purple

  • No. No, you don’t. No. Shut up. Go kill yourself. Don’t get that name

  • Now, I would like to think that I have a really regular name, Ray right?

  • R-A-Y, it’s very common, it’s very easy, it’s very short, nobody should get it wrong

  • But sometimes when I introduce myself in English, I be like, “Hi, I’m Ray."

  • and people would go, “Did you say Rain? Like 雨?"

  • Just because you have a weird name doesn’t mean I have to have a weird name, okay?

  • My name is Ray, R-A-Y, not any other words that’s not supposed to be a name

  • But it’s understandable, right? Ray and rain, it kinda sounds similar

  • but other times I be like, “Hi, I’m Ray.”, and they be like

  • Rebecca?”

  • No, I’m just kidding, doesn’t happen

  • Another thing I can’t stand is people having my exact name

  • I remember in middle school there was this senior who was also called Ray

  • he was way more attractive and muscular than me

  • and he was taking all the attention and credit and glory away from my name

  • After a while I got so upset that I downright changed my name into X-ray

  • I know, it’s a little bit weird. (It’s very weird!) But, but it’s completely justified, right?!

  • There was dude stealing my name, I had to adapt!

  • So the name X-ray stuck with me from middle school to college

  • so all of my friends back in those days would still remember me as X-ray

  • After I graduated from college, however, I got into a master’s program, and as a MA student

  • as you all know, we have to write a thesis, and on the cover, you have to put what?

  • Your name

  • And it was at that moment when I had to put X-ray on the cover of my thesis

  • did I realize how incredibly stupid the name was

  • So, it was then when I dropped the X and became just Ray

  • But enough about me. What is your English name? How did you get it?

  • What do you think of Taiwanese people having English names in general?

  • Do you have a weird name? Do you think my name is weird?

  • Leave it down in the comment (section) below, I’m curious

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Hello, I’m Ray! Today well be using English to discuss English names

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Taiwanese English Names // 台灣人一定會有的英文名字?

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