The following is a taste of what the foreign teachers experience when they’re trying to help their students choose suitable English names:
1. I’m sorry Mervin; I know you’re not satisfied with your English name, but I’m not going to allow you to change it to Captain.
2. I didn’t hear you clearly. Did you say your name was Odelette? How do you spell that? (from my team-mate Caroline's student)
3. No, your former teacher did not tell me your English name is strange. I’m telling you your name is strange. I know you want to have Sunshine in your heart everyday, but being named Sunshine is not going to facilitate that.