When your youngest child has difficulty pronouncing family names, yet no one can keep from poking fun at him.
Nora: “Rowan, say ‘Nora.'”
Nora and Frances: (giggling)
Nora: “No, Rowan. Not Nor-nor. Nor-UH. Now, say ‘Nor.'”
Nora: “Say ‘Uh'”
Nora: “Good, now put them together: Nor-UH.”
Nora and Frances (cracking up): “Nooo!”
This went on like this for about five rounds, each time with Rowan saying the parts correctly, but resorting to ‘Nor-nor’ when prompted to string the syllables together, much to the girls’ frustration and delight. Finally, he countered with Nor-NUH, which we all deemed was progress.
And, while he can’t say his name correctly, he can certainly HEAR when his name is being said back to him incorrectly.
Nora: “Rowan, what’s your name?”
Nora (giggling): “Oh-nin?”
Rowan (also giggling): “No! ‘Ooooh-nin.'”
As if elongating the long /o/ sound somehow makes the silent /r/ more audible.
Nora (mockingly): “Oh, so your name is Oh-nin.”
Rowan: “No! ‘Ooooooh-nin.'”
Hahaha. We have a lot of fun around here. Poor guy. 🙂