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Help! We hit on a problem this week when clapping children's names using syllables. Normally I don't have a problem but I had one child, lets say he's called 'Joel'. I would do one clap for this but several children in the room instinctively used 2 - Jo-el. Is there a right or a wrong way. Clearly there are regional variations too. I have come across this before with another child and would love to know what you would do.

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I would ask the child in question to say their name and go with that.

You can encounter similar problems with emphasis such as Charlotte - is it Sharlut to rhyme with scarlet or Shar lot?

Michelle can be miSHELL or MEEshell

 

Definitely ask the child for their preferred name - we have a Joseph who changes weekly as to whether he wants to be called Joey or Joseph.... :o

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Definitely two claps! Consecutive syllables are marked by a change in shape of the mouth when speaking them. So Joel would be Jo-el.

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I too would do 2 claps but some people do pronounce it Jole don't they?

I decided to experiment with this today as I'd never noticed the syllables only the intonation...

 

I found that Nich-o-las was nich-las to quite a few!

Chlo-e was ch-lo-e to a few

but my fave wqas Em-i-ly that became E-e-e-e-mi-ly-y-y-y because she was trying to have the name with the most claps!!

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Thanks for your replies! Its good to know that I'm not the only one who, despite years of working in Nursery, still find things I'm not sure about!

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