First name, surname, middle name, forename, maiden name, given name…names can be confusing, especially if you’re a Spanish or Portuguese speaker. We’ll help you to clarify names in English in this podcast.
A Voice message from Dominique from France
aX research – some research.
Pronunciation of h- heritage
http://testyourvocab.com/ (Craig 24,200 words)
Voice message from Daniela from Argentina
Worked in an orchard (huerto de árboles frutales) in New Zealand
I needed something to take my mind off (it)
Voice message from Alex
trapped /t/ in a catch 22 situation.
REgister (stress the 1st syllable)
EACH and EVERY time (nice expression or emphasis)
give us some light – throw some light on
first name, given name, forename, Christian name-NB. perhaps not useful for non-Westerners
surname, family name, last name
nickname – a made-up name. e.g. J.Lo = Jennifer López, the actress; Rook = Reza, when he was a kid.
maiden name (For married women, this sometimes appears like this: Mrs. Isobel Shah, née Hull. Reza’s mother’s family surname is Hull and her first name is Isobel).
double-barrelled names (can be connected to social status in the UK) examples include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kristin Scott Thomas, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Zeta-Jones
You can also have double-barreled first names in English: Tommy-Lee Jones, Norma Jeane, Anna Mae
Master – old-fashioned title for young (unmarried) man – Señorito
Mrs. – Pronunciation “misis”
Miss – Pronunciation “miss”
Ms. – Pronunciation “miz”
Sir – title for a knight, named by the King/Queen. e.g. Sir David Attenborough, wildlife expert, etc
Dame – female equivalent of a knight, named by the King/Queen. e..g. Dame Judi Dench, the actress.
NB. When you address someone directly orally, you might want to add a form of address to show respect. These words are not titles in these sentences:
Shopkeeper: Can I help you, sir?
Customer: No thanks. I’m just browsing.
Train conductor: Could I see your ticket please, madam (UK)/ ma’am (USA)?
Passenger: Yes, here you are.
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