I just read an article making fun of Americans for “mispronouncing foreign words.”
Here’s the thing, using an accent on one word sounds stupid. When you’re speaking a city name, or landmark, or what have you in casual conversation and you happen to accidentally mispronounce the word, it’s not the end of the world, and it’s not something for which you should be ridiculed.
I didn’t want to go here, but I hear tourists mispronounce things all the time. The difference is that I don’t make a big deal out of it. Because no one really cares, and it really doesn’t make any difference. As long as we can understand what each other is getting at, I don’t see what the big issue is.
So all you haters can save the snickering, attitude, and pointless Facebook posts. Complaining about how someone speaks only makes you look like an entitled idiot. Stop it.
by Amber O’Neal
Residential Life Magazine