This week (week 9), Hala started by asking me a curious question: I sign on my blog as Nadinne. Actually, my name is Nadina. Then, Ellen said that finally she can connect me with my name, because all of the "N" names in our class was making her so confused :)
I was asked if I teach French. I graduaded the university having as specialization French language and literature and English language and literature. During the first years in my teaching career I used to teach only French, then I taught both French and English. At present I am teaching only English.
Now, the story of my name. Before I was born, my father was reading a Romanian Book (The Blind Man's Sunday) whose main character was called... Nadina. She loved this name so much that he decided her little girl will have this name. My second name is Carmen - of Spanish originin.
What does my name mean?
Nadine means hope. Its origin is French, as a derivation from Bernardine. It has many diminutives, the most common being Nadia. (When people call me Nadia instead of Nadina, I get angry!)
Another opinion is that this name has Russian origin, coming from the word "nadejda", meaning "hope" (Ruslana, sorry if I mispelled the word). In old Romanian there is a word, "nadejde", meaning ... "hope". So, I accept this explanation too.
Carmen is of Spanish and Latin origin. It means song. In Hebrew, it means garden and orchid.
I love my names and they influence myself. I can lose everything, but not my hope. And, my hobby is gardening, while my favorite flower is... the orchid. As for music, I couldn't live without it: I listen to music all the time, anytime, anywhere: at home, at school, in my car...
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet" (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, II, ii, 1-2)
As a gift for you, Eduard Simoni - "Nadine"
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