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The Mispronunciation Issue: Why it matters

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Franco 12 days ago

My family immigrated here from Europe (I was born in NZ) and I hardly ever hear my last name pronounced correctly. I reason that people don't speak the native language of my family's homeland so I have no right to hold them to an obligation as if they did. I have never encountered any non-native speaker of English who talks without an accent hampering fluid pronunciation. It would be nice to think that people would make the effort to at least try to pronounce people's names correctly, and it would be even nicer to think that all Kiwis would make the effort to learn Te reo Maori. It would also be nice to think that this kind of thoughtfulness is shown to all native speakers of languages not your own. Consciously or unconsciously, all language is spiritual to the identity of its owner.


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