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In the last couple of weeks I have used the chat room on a daily basis, generally it's a worthwhile thing to do helping people to understand English. Unfortunately, each time I've connected someone has challenged me regarding my name.
I know that the name Ali is the name used by many Muslim/Arabic men, but please accept that in some countries Ali is also a woman's name.
I wouldn't mind so much if someone asked me about my name and my response prompted them to be surprised, providing they were then accepting that it is a name given to women too. Sadly that isn't always the case; I've been called a liar, a fraud and even asked to change my name. I am not prepared to change my name just because you are not willing to accept it, it is my name, my given name and I've had it all of my life. It is very upsetting and annoying to be called a liar. It really is not very nice.
I think that whilst folk are here to learn English, it might be useful to learn a little of the cultures of the people you are learning with. The biggest lesson to learn is the one about respect.
Is Ali a woman's name in your country? Which country are you from?
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