One must admit my name is a little unusual, especially
for anglophones. I clould of course have anglisised it by
dropping the 'j' , but then, I would no longer be me.
I have endured many interesting but erroneous
pronunciations at school in Europe and Australia, at work
and socially...no, it does not rhyme with Kalija the wooden
Indian or 'a rear' which, like everyone else, I have,
Arija is the Latvian spelling of a word from he ancient Sanskrit
meaning 'air, musical' and its proper pronunciation is very
close to an 'aria' from an opera although in Latvian it is
pronounced in three syllables with the accent on the fist A.
So there you have it, I am happy both in my skin and with
my name and the happier for knowing that my friends can
pronounce it too.