Chancer Posted November 19, 2011 Share Posted November 19, 2011 Pretty much every time someone says to me "I have been to England, I stayed at.............." I can never fathom the place name from their prononciation unless I have already heard it spoken by a French person, I usually have to ask them to spell it. What I cant understand is how widespread it is by people who do indeed know the correct english pronunciation, English speaking newsreaders, reporters etc, I now have to pi55pronounce all english place names to be understood but unfortunately have unwittingly done so in the UK.[:$]Peoples names are another one, to be honest even the most inbred Englishman only has to hear a French persons name pronounced once or twice to pronounce it pretty well correctly, there is a young lad that I know by the name of Joffré, at least that is what I had thought for 3 years until I saw it written as Geoffrey!!!! I now call refer to him as Geoffrey which his mother adores but no-one else has a clue who I am talking about.Watching a documentary tonight I heard a name that really jarred my ears, this is my best attempt at a phonetic spelling:Rob anne sonne Crew sew eh!Ring any bells?I know that Ians have a rough time of it here, that Michaels have to just accept being Mikael's but what about any women called Jean? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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