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My name in Spanish


If you only speak one language, it may seem a terrible mystery as to why someone who speaks a different language from yours can't pronounce certain words. And the reason is that not all languages use the same sounds. In some languages certain sounds simply don't exist.

When friends of mine, who spoke mainly Spanish, heard my name, Brad, the flat A made no sense. If you speak English, you can hear, and pronounce, the flat A. To exaggerate, it's Braaaaaaad.

Since there is no such sound in Spanish, my friends usually heard *Bread*. They weren't making fun of me, or comparing me to a loaf of bread, that's just what they heard, and what they said. And so, my nickname became Pan, or Pano Duro!


Brad draws custom cartoon illustrations for publications, blogs, presentations, anything you want. You can contact him at his website BradHallArt.com