How do you say it?

Yurkanin. It’s my married name. I’m not super crazy about it. I like Ruiz or Solano better. Sorry.

To me, it looks phonetic, say it, Yur-ka-nin, BUT you would not believe how people say it. So early on, I decided on a couple of ways to tell people how to say it.

  1. Its not my cannon it’s Your Cannon.
  2. It’s like saying “Fire Your cannon”

But for the kids, I say you can call me Mrs. Y, Why? Well because over the years, I’ve heard some really hilarious pronunciations and to avoid laughing out loud at a kid and spitting all over them, it’s okay, call me Mrs. Y.

One kinder boy, in complete seriousness, “Mrs. Urinal….” I about choked and had to turn away and chuckle. 18 years later and I’m still laughing.

Adults, “Mrs. Uranium”, Really? “Mrs. Yurkanian” Please don’t make it more complicated than it has to be. “Mrs. Youkanin.” Hello there’s an r in there.

I tease and say that if I had known I would have the tres hijos, I would have named them – Aim, Load and Fire. Now wouldn’t that have been cool?

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Buenos dias! Born in Bogota, Colombia, moved to Nashville, TN at 4 years old, learned English in Kinder, live in the Chicago area with husband and our 3 handsome Colombian muchachos and love being an ESL teacher.

6 thoughts on “How do you say it?”

  1. Wonderful slice!
    I love the nombres de tres hijos! I feel your pain! I went from Dillon to Rizzoli, which has become ‘Ronzoni,” “Rizazu,” and worse! It seems as if people just start with the first letter and then just cave and make the rest up! I’m married 28 years now, so I’m way used to it by now.
    Anyway – great post on a totally unique and creative subject. And I think I got the pronunciation correct on the first try:)

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  2. I could relate to your story on all levels with a very common last name that gets butchered, too. Love the humor for your kids’ names, but I bet they’re glad you did not choose those names. 🙂


  3. This is great! People don’t have a problem pronouncing my name, but spelling it… I never knew how many ways you can spell Jill until I started placing to-go orders as an adult! Jill, Jil, Jyl, Gill, Gil, Gyl, and my personal favorite Jo.

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  4. I love this post! Honestly, you hooked me with “Your Cannon,” but I’m so glad you didn’t stop there. You have some amazing evidence for letting kids call you Mrs. Y! Your sarcasm ties in well, and your choice to close with a question is strong. So well written from beginning to end!

    (When we moved to the States, I told Fausto that he was going to have to come up with a way to explain the pronunciation of his name. After reading this slice, I feel like we need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something funnier!)

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