ænə-kin, say it!

Ok, so we leave tomorrow and I have a million things to do. But… I figured why not just get something out of the way first and perhaps save us some annoyance once we get to the other side.

My first name isn’t Dida. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but let’s just say that it is  something I have yet to hear any English speaker pronounce correctly. After getting so sick of constantly repeating and spelling my name, I took another middle name, hence here my name is Dida. Simple enough, right? You’d be surprised at how many struggle to get that one right too.

When we named our son Anakin, we kept in mind that it was a name that needed to work in both English and Norwegian. Seems pretty straight forward? Apparently not. The amount of people who mispronounce his name is surprising. Most all Norwegians do it and even here in Oz there are quite a few people who do. Norwegians will say “Annakin” or “Anniken”, the latter which is a girl’s name by the way.

Is it a big deal? Well, I guess that depends on how you look at it, but it kind of is, to us anyway. We all agree that Mari, Marie and Maria are different names, right? Depending on which language you speak they can sound very similar, a norwegian Mari could be said to be the equivalent of an english Marie which has a silent e, yet they are not the same name.

So, to spare us having to correct everyone constantly here are a few tips:

– If you can say the english name “Anna” just throw in a “kin” at the end. Beware that the norwegian A-sound is different to the english A. Anakin is not a norwegian name and should as such not be pronounced as one. If you’re norwegian it sounds more like an Æ.

– His name is not Anikan, Annikin or Anikin. Just forget it.

– Think english Ah-nha-kin (but fast, not Ahhh…nhhhaaaaa…kiiin), or Norwegian Æh-nha-kin, phonetically: ænə-kin

And in case you were wondering, no, we do not call Anakin Ani and neither may you.

If in doubt, just ask, and remember practice makes perfect.

And while I’m at in, a heads up on our big Golden Rules:

NO sugar (except the very occasional ice cream), NO tv, computer or iPhone, NO juice or soft drink, NO junk food.

There, that should cover the big issues.


We’ll be hugging you in no time!!

See you soon, Norway!

8 responses

  1. Emma

    Ikke for å kverulere, men det høres ikke helt ut som navnet oppfyller kriteriet om å fungere på norsk 😉
    Digger bloggen din! Flotte bilder, og jeg liker tekstene dine. Spesielt den for litt siden om utseende. God reise!
    Hilsen fast leser.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:25 am

    • Hei Emma!

      Det har du vel strengt tatt rett i. 🙂 Det jeg vel egentlig mente var at vi ville ha (eller trodde litt naivt kanskje at vi kunne få) et navn som uttales likt på begge språk og ikke trengte noen “oversettelse”. Hvis barnet heter Apple, så heter det jo Apple og det må uttales på engelsk. Men jeg skjønner hva du mener. Noen ganger er jeg litt i overkant sær på uttalelsen av navnet. hehe

      Så koselig at du trives her! Det er gøy!
      Tusen takk for fine ord. sånt blir en glad av. 🙂

      June 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

  2. Wow, no TV? I am in awe of you guys. We tried that for quite a while, but have now stepped over to the dark side and let them watch selected dvd’s sometimes to catch a break ;P
    Wish I had your determination there.

    And also -have a wonderful trip!

    June 26, 2013 at 6:57 am

    • Thank you! I’m nervous about the flights, but fingers crossed!

      No tv until at least two, preferably longer. (This ban will be temporarily lifted while in the air.) It’s really hard when we visit people who have their tv on, but otherwise we just leave it off until after he goes to bed. But remember, you have three, we only have one. I have a feeling we’ll cave once the numbers grow! 🙂

      June 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

  3. Da må jeg spørre hvorfor ikke tv ? 🙂

    June 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    • Det er noe jeg synes er litt vanskelig å svare på uten å kanskje tråkke på for mange tær. Først og fremst fordi jeg synes det er unødvendig. Anakin trenger ikke se på tv ennå, det er så mange andre ting han kan gjøre. Alle andre grunner som bygger opp under det handler om utvikling. Jeg har alltid vært veldig interessert i hvordan hjernen fungerer og det er mye reserach som tyder på at å begrense tv de første årene er bra. Men jeg snakker bare for meg og mine. Jeg synes ikke foreldre som lar barna sine se på tv tar feil eller er dårligere enn jeg er, jeg mener bare at det ikke passer for oss.

      Jeg kommer nok til å skrive noe om det snart som snakker litt mer om grunnene rundt valget. Men hovedsaklig er det bare fordi jeg ikke synes han har noe foran en tv å gjøre. Det kommer fort nok senere. 🙂

      July 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  4. Wanda

    I’m not meaning to question the way you raise your child, I’m just wondering why juice is bad for him? Isn’t it just pressed fruit? As I said just wondering, and interested in an answer 🙂

    As for the name… I wasn’t born in Norway, so my name doesn’t really exist here. It’s actually pronunced as if it was a Norwegian name, but many people pronunce it as if it was english. Or they call me Amanda… I’m feeling your pain here!

    July 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    • That’s a perfectly valid question! When I said no juice I was referring to juice with added sugar and other preservatives. Freshly squeezed juice is perfectly alright. But unfortunately a lot of store bought juices are full of other things. Anakin has had fresh orange juice before. When it comes to what he eats and drinks I’m trying to keep it as pure and wholesome as possible. Within reason obviously. But my listings of No’s was more as a general guide to grandparents and such when we are here to make it easier for everyone to get on the same page. 🙂

      I never quite understood why pronunciation of different names are so hard, but I think it’s easier for bilinguals perhaps since we use another language so often. I might be terribly wrong of course! 🙂

      July 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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