When I first entered the Challenge, I was overwhelmed with the vast possibilities of a Happiness app. A search on the app store did not really help narrow down an idea. In fact, it did just the opposite. The more research I discovered, the more expansive the ideas become. That was when I decided to ask really simple questions. Questions about the small and mundane things that frustrate me everyday. It was at that moment that I remember how frustrating and uncomfortable it has been all my life for people to pronounce my name right. Many Vietnamese people like myself have chosen to go by a nickname that's easier to say.
A person's name is one of the most intimate and personal aspect of a person. The cocktail party effect tells us that the name is a sound that people tune into very closely. It directly affects their psychology. I can tell you through personal experiences that I am always pleasantly surprise when someone say my name right the first time. They are stuck in my memory in a favorable way. It's a boost in my mood.
This is why I am proud to present this Challenge with a submission for the SayThisName app for iOS and Android.
The app is designed for everyone in the world to use. In fact, I highly encourage people from other countries with difficult-to-pronounce names to get the app. Anyone in any country can submit a pronunciation of that name in their target language. In addition, educate others on how their name is pronounced in your native country. I would love to know how people in Germany and France say my name!
I am proud to have created an app that is so simple to use that a person can record their name with just a few taps. Then in a few clicks, they can search and play any names. It is also my pleasure to say that anyone with an iOS and Android device can have access to this app. Furthermore, search and play is also available through the website found at http://saythisname.com that works great on a desktop or mobile browser.
As an added bonus, a personal URL is supported to help people share their names with as many people as they can so that everyone will know exactly how they say their name without having to repeat it over and over. Now all you have to do is click and learn the pronunciations!
Here's mine - http://saythisname.com/TomNguyen
Here is a short description of the app:
●● Easy to record First, Middle, and Last names
●● Help Family and Friends by recording their names
●● Personal URL to share in email, social profile, business card
●● Claim yours now -> saythisname.com/username
Hear how your name is pronounced by other people in different countries. Great for travels and cultural education.
Learn how to say other people's names for work, school, and social reasons.
Always be ready for that Hard-to-Pronounce names in any situation!
It has been a joyful experience to work on this challenge. I've found a lot of tips on happiness that I think about everyday. I hope that with the app, people are a little happier going about their day.