On getting to France, I was shocked to find out that a lot of people are already familiar with my name. When I get introduced or when I am asked for my name, immediately I say Ayo, they are like, "Ayo ? Comme la chanteuse ?". Also, the name sticks ! They never ask me again what my name is when next we see... unlike me who is forgetful and hardly remembers French names facilement.
Ma formatrice and my colleagues sometimes call me by my full name Ayotunde, funny enough, they pronounce it well. All my documents carry Ayotunde and not Ayo. Since I was a child everyone calls me Ayo.
Today all is working together for my good ! My pronoucciation of R in French is not noticed and I have never been mocked, on dirait all French people have the R problem. Although I have an African anglophone accent when I speak French, everyone who hears me talk for the first time ask me where I come from... they always, always, say j'adore votre petit accent, c'est mignon while my husband says c'est sexy :D (I am happy I am myself and don't fake my accent, trying so hard to be French... I am me.)
In English, I have got an accent also, I never knew that until I started working with English people, they think I have an accent, of course I do because I don't speak English like they do. They have the British accent and speak very fast that I have to try so hard to listen to understand.
After over two years in France, speaking only French every day, I am starting to forget the English language which I have spoken since I have able to speak. Now I am starting to revive it, thanks to the English people I work with and you my readers that I can write to in English...
Here is a picture of the singer Ayo that made my name popular in France, she speaks French and English fluently. Her Father is Nigerian while her mother is German.
|La chanteuse Ayo|
|Ayo et son père|
I won't be surprised si les français start naming their kids Ayo soon :) Wink wink
Lest I forget, a lot of people know Fela in France. Not the young generation but the older ones.
Bises et bon weekend mes amour <3