I’ll tell you straight up that I did not correct this young woman’s pronunciation.
The whole conversation happened so quickly, and I was so slow to understand what she was talking about, that the chance never came in the moment for me to tell her: “that’s not how you say it.”
Plus she was so happy about what she was telling me that I didn’t want to rain on her parade, so I said nothing even after I figured it out.
I’ll also tell you that this young woman is a high school graduate from one of the better high schools in the region. And that she speaks using perfect grammar + polysyllabic words. And that she is quite bright about the logic of things.
But here’s the thing, the situation that I found myself in, where I did not know what to do.
She was talking about her vacation plans, in detail. She had found a deal on airfare by watching the prices online. When she saw that she could travel to her western destination with just one stopover in the midwest, she jumped on that ticket because the price was right.
As she had never been to that part of the midwest [and I guess that she missed school the days when the teacher talked about it], she was mispronouncing this city’s name. At first I didn’t understand where she was going, and then when I did it was– well, re-read my second paragraph.
So here is what she said to me. She was going to change flights in: my knee A poe Lis.
Care to guess where she was going? And any suggestions about how to handle a similar situation should it arise in my lifetime again?
I await your comments below.