[Edling] So Long 'Cinderella, ' Website Helps Chinese Find Better English Names

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Tue Apr 21 06:43:07 UTC 2015

Via lgpolicy...

National Public Radio

So Long 'Cinderella,' Website Helps Chinese Find Better English Names

Cinderella. Billboard. Mo Money. Lady Gaga.

What do they all have in common?

They are a few of the unusual English names young Chinese have adopted over the years in hopes of mixing more easily with Westerners. Such offbeat names, though, sometimes have the opposite effect, generating puzzlement and the wrong kind of smiles.

Lindsay Jernigan, an American entrepreneur, has set up a new website, bestenglishname.com, to help Chinese choose more appropriate names.

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