It is often hard for foreign people to understand a person's gender just by their name. This video gives useful tips to avoid misunderstandings.
- When writing an email to a non-native English speaker, … you're probably very careful about the language you use, … which is great. … But in fact, your signature could be more confusing … than the rest of the email. … There are names such as Taylor, Pat, or Skylar … which could belong to a man or a woman. … Others such as Andrea or Nikola are male names … in some countries, female in others. … So use a line of your email to clarify, … "Hi, my name is Mr. John Smith, … "but you can call me John." … This is useful to signal the gender you identify with … and to establish the required formality too. … Also, such an introduction can clearly state … which is your first name and which is your last name. … Sometime ago I was exchanging emails … with a Greek trainee … and I failed to add that line. … She kept addressing me with "Hi, Cicchini" … in her emails and I didn't know how to clarify … that my first name is in fact Luna. … If there are possible issues … with the pronunciation of your name, …
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