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I'm an ignoramus
4 5%
I'm a pretentious prick
21 28%
I'm both
34 45%
I don't use foreign words, I'm a patriot
17 22%
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#1
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."
#2
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".
#3
I say Ca-miss for Camus even though I know it's Ca-moo.
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#6
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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#7
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.
#8
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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#9
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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#10
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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#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?
#12
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How would you like people to pronounce those?


Gwark-ah-mole-ley

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#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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#15
Nope, I'm gonna pronounce that shit as Yorkshire as possible.
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#16
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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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#17
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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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#18
i'll continue to pronounce it "Gwak-a-mole-ee" and you can't do anything about it.
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#20
I hate when my mum calls tortillas fajitas. I'm like "you're a fucking cunt mum."
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#23
i find that in general, i dont give an ounce of fuck
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#24
In English and French, a lot of the words are smoothened and second halves of words often feel abandoned because of this. Us Dutchies do the exact opposite, so our language sounds direct and harsh. On top of that we pronounce all vowels and combinations differently from those languages as well as the g and r sounds differing radically. If we didn't try to pronounce those words at least somewhat like it was intended, we'd be an even more ridiculous people.

German pronunciation isn't that different from ours, but I personally enjoy overdoing the accent too much to be ignorant about it.
#25
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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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#26
Half 'n half.

Paella usually ends up as "pie-ella", but pflaumenkuchen (german plum cake) would be pronounced correctly.
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#27
I try to get the right pronounciation, but I don't bother with put-on accents or anything.
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#28


These would be great with Guacka-mole!

My family's from Mexico, I'm American and grew up in Germany. I pronounce things the way they're meant to be and expect the same of others. Unless the word is French, because who gives a shit.
#30
When someone says 'Jalapenos' like it's spelt, there are people that get really annoyed and say 'oh no, it's ha-la-pe-nos'.

That really annoys me, because that's not right either. It's more like ha-la-pay-nyos, plus the J isn't even pronounced as an H, it's more like a mild French R.

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#31
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When someone says 'Jalapenos' like it's spelt, there are people that get really annoyed and say 'oh no, it's ha-la-pe-nos'.

That really annoys me, because that's not right either. It's more like ha-la-pay-nyos, plus the J isn't even pronounced as an H, it's more like a mild French R.

Twats.

The "j" is pronounced like a German ch. Chala-pen-yos
#32
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#33
People who pronounce banana Bay-nana.
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#34
Depends, I struggle to change the accent from languages I speak, so I tend to accent foreign words. I feel like a bit of prick sometimes, but eh.
#35
It's a mix for me as well. I try to pronounce the word correctly (as it would be in it's native language).

There are people who over enunciate the the word (like in the OP with the heavy rolling 'r'). They sound like pricks..

Mispronunciations don't bother me as much because it's impossible for anyone to know the correct pronunciation of every word in every language.

Now, people who have been told the correct pronunciation and still mispronounce are douches.
#36
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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."

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#37
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When someone says 'Jalapenos' like it's spelt


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#38
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Yep.


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#39
If someone's close to it, I won't give them shit. Unless they're weaboos and they speak really shitty Japlish and bastardize the language by pronouncing everything completely wrong, seemingly on purpose to make themselves look worse.
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#40
I try to pronounce them as best I can, but I voted both because sometimes I mispronounce them on purpose to joke with my Mexican friend.
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