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Old 09-25-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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Sounding ignorant or pretentious

When pronouncing foreign words, assuming you know how to pronounce it correctly, do you pronounce it as if it were in English, or would you go the correct way? Some people might hear you pronounce it wrong and think you're ignorant. Some people might hear you pronounce it right and think you're being pretentious.

For me, it's a mix.

I live in San Marcos, and 99% of people just say it exactly as it's spelled in English. Then I was talking to someone and they pronounced in hardcore spanish, heavy rolling on the "r" and I just rolled my eyes and was like "Just say San Marcos, you don't even know how to speak spanish."

However, I get really annoyed when I hear people pronounce Guacamole "Gwak-uh-mo-lee," and just as much I hate when people pronounce Mariachi "Marry-ah-chee."
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Depends where I am. If I'm at an Italian restaurant and I have an inkling as to how pronounce the thing I want, I'll do it. Well, at least at the only italian restaurant I frequent because most of the waiters are Italian so it's easier for them.

If I really don't know, then it's a case of "Say what you see".
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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I say Ca-miss for Camus even though I know it's Ca-moo.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:40 PM   #4
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I chuckle to myself when I hear people pronounce Italian "eye-talian".
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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My native language is Dutch, and 50% of that consists of foreign words... So yeah, I'm a tosser that pronounces everything correctly.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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It's probably a mix for me. I mean, I do my best to pronounce things correctly, but I'm sure I get it wrong sometimes.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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I voted "I don't use foreign words" because I'm not ignorant, but I'm also not pretentious.

But in general, I say what I think the person I'm speaking to will understand.

If I'm in a room of friends, or at a Mexican restauarant, you bet your ass it's going to be "gwak-uh-mo-lee"... It'd sound pretentious to say it the proper way when the waiter understands me and the people at the table are just going to say it the same way.

But if I'm talking to a person who speaks a different language, I try my best to pronounce things the right way.

Except for my Arabic-speaking family. I just get a translator.

EDIT - and if I have to attempt a word I don't know, I just say it multiple ways with a questioning look so they get that I tried.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #9
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I like to walk around my house pronouncing Spanish and French things correctly sometimes but I almost intentionally butcher them if i'm in real life so I don't sound prententious.

I can't roll my r's at all though so i'd sound stupid either way.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #10
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i don't attempt to pronounce things in their original languages if i'm not comfortable with my accent.

it's part of why i didn't even try speaking German when i when i was in Germany because i didn't want to **** it up.

my doctor tells me i have performance anxiety. i'd rather not try at all than try and then fail.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:51 PM   #11
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However, I get really annoyed when I hear people pronounce Guacamole "Gwak-uh-mo-lee," and just as much I hate when people pronounce Mariachi "Marry-ah-chee."

How would you like people to pronounce those?
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How would you like people to pronounce those?


Gwark-ah-mole-ley

Maher-ee-archie
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:55 PM   #13
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How would you like people to pronounce those?

Well I think it's supposed to be "wha-coh-mo-lay"...


But I always thought mariachi was actually "mare-ee-ah-chee"
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How would you like people to pronounce those?

I usually go with "that green shite made out of avocadoes" for both.
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Nope, I'm gonna pronounce that shit as Yorkshire as possible.
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How would you like people to pronounce those?
"Whak-ah-mol-eh"

"Mah-ri-ah-chee" with a subtle roll of the R. My dad physically can't roll R's, so a "d" sound instead works almost just as well.

I'll admit the Mariachi one might be a bit pedantic on my part. But when I hear "Gwak-uh-mo-lee" that sounds as bad as pronouncing the L in tortilla or quesadilla, which almost nobody does even if they don't know a word of spanish.
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"Whak-ah-mol-eh"

"Mah-ri-ah-chee" with a subtle roll of the R. My dad physically can't roll R's, so a "d" sound instead works almost just as well.

I'll admit the Mariachi one might be a bit pedantic on my part. But when I hear "Gwak-uh-mo-lee" that sounds as bad as pronouncing the L in tortilla or quesadilla, which almost nobody does even if they don't know a word of spanish.

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i'll continue to pronounce it "Gwak-a-mole-ee" and you can't do anything about it.
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I hate when my mum calls tortillas fajitas. I'm like "you're a fucking cunt mum."
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