It's hopeless SOTE! I can't think that fast, but it sure sounds good, and I believe him. He's been there. I just don't know where!SonOfTheExiles wrote:Maybe, as a placename reference, we should all post our country's versions of THIS originally Australian song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mvBpLbNik_U
I think there was even supposed to have been a Dutch version.
How to pronounce place names foreign to one's culture can actually leave one choosing which culture one is going to please. In languages that I've studied, I've found that I've actually forgotten how to give some foreign names the correct English version. I think that may even be more of a problem for someone like me who hasn't mastered a language because my mind is trying so hard to get the correct pronunciation in the target language that I don't stop to consider that someone else may think that I think I'm smart. Depending on who's listening to you, you can sound stuck up using a foreign pronunciation, or considerate and more cosmopolitan... maybe.
That last was brought home to me years ago when I was listening to a French radio station, and one speaker was chided for saying San Francisco with an American accent. He was charged with putting on airs, which shocked me. I'd never considered using an American accent to put on airs.