Sunday, September 4, 2011

Putting me in charge of naming kids....

....was probably a very bad decision. I'm giving all of my students English names, and I get to choose them, which means there's going to be some awesome names in my class. On the guys' side: Odin, Thor, Loki, Mal, Wash, Jayne, Bruce, Wayne, Quint, Snow, Perrin, Archer, Lando, Han, Neville, Bast, and quite a few others. For the girls: Kaylee, Zoe, River, Inara, Penny, Elayne, Denna, Arya, Sansa, Val, Leia, Alanna. (if you can name the TV show, movie or book where each of these comes from, I'll give you a star-buck--seriously)

I'm trying to learn all the kids' Chinese names before I give them English names, but it's really hard. It's difficult for even local teachers to learn all the students' names quickly, and I'm trying to do it in a foreign's tough, but I'm almost there. I'm just really looking forward to being able to ask a question, and then call on Quint , Odin, or Arya to answer it. Other TFC fellows are giving their students similarly interesting names; there's a Batman, a McNulty (the Wire), and a McLovin (Superbad) to name a few.

I just hope all of my students will know and be able to pronounce all of their names in two weeks....we'll see how that goes.


  1. Hey, she gets sorta ok eventually, and I'm really not working with that many options for the female names--things I watch/read tend to have male main characters... and it's not like I'm gonna name a kid cersei or sumthin, that would just be cruel

  2. Fair enough... I did appreciate Alanna. I really liked her... Did you read the Blue Sword, or the Hero and the Crown? Although Aerin and Harry are quite unusual for girl names..

  3. Okay, fun name exercise! Way to go on the picks. Those excellent and epic and heroic names remind me: Will, I was just at your cousin's wedding, and urged a number of susceptible members of the family to start watching a certain great series--thus introducing them to the world of hurt and heartbreak that goes with the Cancellation of Firefly. Like a pop song that gets stuck in your head, the only way to end Mal Melancholy is to pass it on. Hey, I feel...better!