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Old 12-30-2012, 04:36 PM   #5836
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The high school senior and her parents were visiting a prestigious university.

During a tour their student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library and state-of-the-art science facilities. The guide told the visitors that the professors were the best in the world. She also recommended applying early to improve chances for admission. “We get so many applicants,” she boasted, “because of the stature of the school.”

After the tour, the father of the prospective student asked the guide, “So, why did you choose this school?”

“Oh,” she replied matter-of-factly, “my boyfriend goes here.”
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:13 AM   #5837
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I fell flat on dingy (dark & dusty) and dingy (small boat) - I first encountered it whilst reading Treasure Island - and promptly read it aloud with a hard G until corrected in front of all my classmates by a sadistic teacher who reveled in public humiliation as a teaching strategy.

[and it worked! I've never forgotten that moment in my elementary school education!]
I thought the boat was a dinghy. Or is that the UK spelling, which includes so many unnecessary letters. <rant> Dr Johnson should have been drowned at birth. Imagine separating off the 'e' in diphthongs such as 'ae' and moving it to the end of the word. Or using an 'e' at the end of a word to change the pronunciation of another vowel in the middle of the word.

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And I hold steadfastly to ek-in-a-see-a for the cold cure.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:25 AM   #5838
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I fell flat on dingy (dark & dusty) and dingy (small boat) - I first encountered it whilst reading Treasure Island - and promptly read it aloud with a hard G until corrected in front of all my classmates by a sadistic teacher who reveled in public humiliation as a teaching strategy.

[and it worked! I've never forgotten that moment in my elementary school education!]
That very teacher must have moved north to teach French, 'cuz I was turned into an earthworm by that same strategy with the the response to my attempt at what I honestly thought should sound like Ving-gen-twoiks... Who knew?


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Old 12-31-2012, 09:58 AM   #5839
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It's still a mystery that the international phonetics alphabet is not more in use unless it has to do with the size of the required keyboard...

You'll never know how to correctly pronounce the name Vercingétorix unless you are French. Even for Anglophones who have spent most of their lives with Francophones it's next to impossible. The syllables 'un', 'in', 'on' are physically difficult and some never master it. Vice versa, 'th' is as complicated for the French.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:11 AM   #5840
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You'll never know how to correctly pronounce the name Vercingétorix unless you are French.
Trust me... If you had Mrs. Nagourny for Sophomore French, you would NEVER mispronounce his name... twice.

Truly one of the most frightening, humiliating, debilitating experiences of my academic endevors. I still break out in a cold sweat just remembering it, and that was almost 50 years ago.


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Old 12-31-2012, 11:01 AM   #5841
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I think it was because he was suffering from "writer's block", but I'm not sure.

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #5842
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It's still a mystery that the international phonetics alphabet is not more in use unless it has to do with the size of the required keyboard...

You'll never know how to correctly pronounce the name Vercingétorix unless you are French. Even for Anglophones who have spent most of their lives with Francophones it's next to impossible. The syllables 'un', 'in', 'on' are physically difficult and some never master it. Vice versa, 'th' is as complicated for the French.
Fortunately, Vercingetorix has an Anglophonic pronunciation, a la Paris, but I realize it wouldn't fly in French class. In other contexts we say versinJETericks, which seems fair enough given his Gallic war context.

As for "th", the real heartbreaker must come when you discover that there are two pronunciations of "th." "Thine" and "thin" have a different "th", as do "this" and "thistle," just as two examples.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #5843
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #5844
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:25 PM   #5845
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:02 PM   #5848
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:48 PM   #5850
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As for "th", the real heartbreaker must come when you discover that there are two pronunciations of "th." "Thine" and "thin" have a different "th", as do "this" and "thistle," just as two examples.
The 'th' sounds don't occur in Japanese either, and trying to learn them is becoming an exercise in hilarity for my Senior Citizen Class students... as they watch each other try to stick their tongues 'just far enough out' beyond their teeth to make the sound. Same laughter when trying to learn to make the 'wo' sound of 'wood.' That doesn't exist in Japanese either, so it comes out as 'ood.' We dangle a thin strip of paper in front of the lips so we can see if there is exhalation with the sound... to see a room full of septuagenarians blowing on little strips of paper, pursing their lips, then shouting 'ood!!!!' makes it difficult for anyone to keep a straight face!

I tell them to practice when on the crowded trains.. People will quickly move away from them and they can get a seat!


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