My name is Thea and I don't live on the second floor but I do have a name that is tricky to pronounce.
If we were face to face and I said, "Hi, my name is Thea" you'd know how to say it because you could hear me (although I often get a response of what/huh/pardon). But because you are reading you may find my name phonetically confusing. It is not the most common of names and to add to the confusion 'Thea' is pronounced differently in different parts of the world. So let me try to explain how I say my name for those of you who have never heard of nor seen it before. It is 4 letters and 2 syllables of the phonetic nightmare that is the English language. Let's break it down.
It is not 'Tia' as my GP has been calling me for the past 7 years and now I could not possibly correct him without looking totally stupid.
First syllable (no, we are not going to play charades) - Th can be said 2 ways, the breathy way as in thing, thong and thistle, or the way that vibrates as in this, that and there. My 'Th' is the breathy kind, not the vibrating one!
Second syllable - ea. For 2 little letters, this delightful vowel combination has an unbelievable number of options. There is 'ea' as in flea, tableau, pea, ready, area, idea, sea, shea and tea. My 'ea' is not 'ea' as in flea, pea, sea or tea (however my friends sometimes call me Thee with the breathy 'Th' that rhymes with these words). My 'ea' is not 'ea' as in shea which rhymes with tray, stay and fray. My 'ea' is like the 'ea' in idea, nausea and IKEA!
My name is Thea, hope you've got it now!