Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: Pronunciation

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 12:07:23 -0500

I use the Anglicized version first then add "..or if we were in Holland
we would say it Vincent van Goch. Can you say it like Vincent would?"
and have the kids repeat it after me. The elementary kids love doing
this. Sometimes I get very theatrical and continue giving the lesson
with the accent which really grabs their attention.
Linda in Michigan

Glenda wrote:
> Hi all.
> I’m not sure if this has been discussed before, but the mention
> of the correct pronunciation of "van Gogh" has raised a long-time
> question for me. In college many of my professors insisted we use
> correct pronunciation (as pronounced in the artists’ homeland).
> As an art educator I feel compelled to do this, however, I am often
> reluctant  due to the usual response from others. It irritates me that
> they feel the need to correct me… which means I take a stand
> and explain that it is the correct pronunciation in his/her
> homeland…which in turn usually triggers the reply that we are
> in America and speak American, blah, blah, blah…the debate goes
> on.  By this time, I not only have forgotten what I was saying, but am
> not in the mood to continue the conversation.  How do the rest of you
> here in the USA pronounce names? most Americans have learned to
> do so, or by the artists’ native tongue?  And how about those of
> you in other countries?
> Glenda,  in Rockingham, NC