Having a foreign name that's difficult to pronounce
If you can pronounce my first name Braaaaad, you can pronounce, and hear, the flat *a*. What I discovered is that many languages don't have that kind of sound. Many of my Spanish-speaking friends would pronounce my name as Bread, which is why my nickname became Pan, or Pan Duro. If you speak Spanish, you understand.
The a in my last name isn't exactly the same in terms of pronunciation, but it's still a difficult, and subtle sound. Often I would hear *Hill*. So I often heard *Bread Hill*.
It's all about point of view. So, if you laugh at someone who has difficulty pronouncing something in a language that is foreign to them, all you are saying is that you don't speak a language foreign to yours, and you have never tried.
Posted by Brad Hall