Today I want to ramble about pronunciation. As most of you know, I'm from Argentina, so English is not my native language (Spanish is, in case you were wondering). Back in Argentina, I used to work as a teacher of English. I felt very comfotable doing my job; I don't think I ever had big trouble putting together a concept and I can honestly say I consider myself a good teacher. I always had control of the class and spoke very confidently because I knew I was the authority.
That has changed now that I am living in a place where everybody else knows more about the language than I do, naturally. You can't imagine how many times I need to think before I dare open my mouth! It's sometimes daunting. I am too aware of the fact that I am "the student" now and well, I hate to make mistakes and fail.
As for pronunciation ... well, that's another big issue. The truth is my pronunciation depends on who I'm talking to and how lazy I allow myself to be. And there are a few words I try to avoid at all costs!
Liaison ... I'd like to hear all of you pronounce that word, hehe. I'll always forget the right way to say it.
Popeye ... eeeh, I'll remember how to pronounce it the next time I see Popeyes' ad on TV, haha.
Maintenance: I remember when Val told me that was probably the most difficult word to pronounce. When I asked David what the correct way to pronounce it was, he didn't even understand what word I was talking about! I think that pretty much sums it up.
Mobile: I'd always pronounced it /'mobail/, like the British do. Americans say it in a completely different way! Why, God, why?!
Lettuce: this one is actually not a big deal, but I always feel stupid pronouncing it. You probably do not get why; well, ask a native Spanish speaker, ha.
Murderer: I remember that when I was in college a language teacher asked every single student to say that word. After my turn, she said, "still not quite there", haha.
Margaret Thatcher: you probably can't imagine how a person could possibly mispronounce her name. Well, I did; in class again (damn it!).
And I'm saying goodbye with a song I never cared to look up in http://www.lyrics.com/ and will hence always and forever keep "singing" my own way; that is, just mumbling whatever sounds I think Debbie Harry is saying ... FYI not even English words, haha.
Are there any English words you have a hard time pronouncing?
Hope you are all having a great week! ;)
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