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Re: Pronunciation

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Sat, 13 Feb 1999 19:41:39 EST

Once I had the curator of Pre-Columbian Art from the Dallas Museum of Art come
and speak to my students. She was giving them a little lesson in speaking
Maya, and one student asked how she would say his name in Maya. She said that
it should be the same way he said it -- our names don't change from language
to language. That was a lesson for me, also. I'm Terry in every language --
not Teresa or any other version! Therefore, artists' names should be
pronounced as the artist would pronounce them. The students will just have to
have a little lesson in different sounds. They'll love it! Van Gogh, Bach,
Munch, Durer -- all fun to say when you say them correctly!

I assume cities should be pronounced as the people in those cities pronounce
them, also. That's a pet peeve of mine -- anglicizing all the city and
country names. I think that's a thread that's been on here before. If you
read American maps, you don't get the correct names of cities! Think of all
you'll miss if you can't recognize them on the map! I have a friend who drove
past the turnoff for Firenze three times and never realized it was what we
call, in our infinite wisdom, Florence.

Terry in Garland, TX, where it's warm but getting cold tonight.