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How can i translate/spell my name is Esperanto?

Hello. My name is Bubba (buh buh) how would i say/spell that in esperanto?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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There are several possible approaches for making an Esperanto name. I explained this in some detail here:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15238104/What-s-your-Esperanto-name

Is Bubba your given name? If you have a different given name, you could cue off that somehow.

My suggestion would be Boĉjo - which basically means "Little B" or "B-man!"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bubba121561

my other name is matthew (math yu) which esperanto doesn't have th.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveRutan
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The Esperanto form of Matthew is Mateo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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Esperanto doesn't have the schwa vowels that you are presumably representing with u's, so you'll have to probably go with the Esperanto u for the first syllable. As for the second vowel, I'd say it's fine for you to choose between o and a. Names are seen with both, although, to be generic for a second, the former can be seen as more masculine and the latter as more feminine. Lastly, since the double consonant is only present in writing and not it pronunciation, you can just reduce that to one b.

So, essentially, based on this, I would suggest Bubo, which is nice because it also happens to be Latin for "owl". Other, mostly based in pronunciation, alternatives that I can think of would be Babo, Buba, Bahbo etc.

1 year ago

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"Bubo" is also Esperanto for "brat". Only pick that name if you're big and have a good sense of humor.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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Drat, that's an unfortunate happenstance. Personally I'd still go for it but, yeah, that's not for everyone. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

I know you said you wanted to "esperantize", but you don't actually HAVE to. You can just use what you have.

1 year ago

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I would encourage you to read the thread that I linked elsewhere in this one.

Notice the third choice : do nothing.

Here's a story that I've told many times which explains some of the problems with doing that. (See also my explanation in the linked thread.)


Years ago I went to a dinner in London Ontario and there was there, I recall, an Icelandic Esperantist named Finuro. Well, not really. But if he had said "Mia nomo estas Finuro", any moderately competent Esperanto speaker would have known right away how to spell his name and would have been able to repeat it back, even if they couldn't remember it five minutes later.

What actually happened was - probably presuming that his name was just as reasonable and "easy" as Bubba thinks his own name is - that he pronounced it the Icelandic way. Now, I like to think I'm good with languages, but he had to say his name to me two or three times before I caught it well enough to be able to guess at the spelling and repeat it back. (To this day, I can't pronounce it right.) I watched person after person come into that restaurant, introduce themselves to "Finuro", ask him to repeat his name two or three times, and give up. I don't recall that anybody actually learned and used his name. People aren't going to learn a new vowel and a new consonant just to say a name.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

I prefer the pronunciation closest simulation. If you leave as-is, I would pronounce Buba as in Esperanto.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Buba = relating to a poorly behaved boy.

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