gonna build a small startup where the business model is that americans pay me $5 and I teach them how to pronounce a single french word.
You too could say "auteur", "oeuvre", "rendez-vous", "je ne sais quoi", "avant guarde" and dozens more words correctly for a small sum!
Okay plan is cancelled someone made me realize I wrote “avant guarde” so apparently I can’t speak French anymore sorry everyone
@wxcafe oh damn. I’ll steal that business model but for a tiny set of German words. Learn how to say “Schadenfreude”!
@wxcafe it’s not shadenfruit
@wxcafe sorry, I'll probably still pronounce hors d'oeuvres like "horse doo-vers" since it was a weird inside joke in my family and I heard it all the time as a kid
@wxcafe mf said avant guarde
@wxcafe Otter. Urvee. Renderview. Genie Sequoia. Aye vent gourd.
@wxcafe i might copy this but only to teach "gulyas" (goulash) and maybe "kovacs"
@wxcafe this except i teach American computer science teachers and students how to pronounce "Dijkstra"
@wxcafe i was wondering about that but i assumed you knew something that i didn't
@wxcafe ah but what is the correct way to pronounce the English word "auteur"? Is it the same as how you pronounce the French word "auteur"?
@wxcafe I want the opposite. I want to pay you $5 and you tell me one thing that I can say to piss off the highest number of French people
@melissasage oh that’s our planned expansion after we get our series A
@melissasage the next one is pronouncing shit like Worcestershire wrong and giving you 10 minutes to laugh and try to correct us
@wxcafe I wonder if I could do the same with UK place names they find difficult.
@wxcafe I'd probably start with Leicester before Worcester as trying to give them directions to Leicester Square while keeping a straight face is really hard.
@geekylou god damn british names
@wxcafe it makes no sense when I lived in Reading (pronounced redding to confuse people) the area I lived in was called Earley, which was spelt erlegh for the name of the local school (both pronounced the same).
@wxcafe though in our defence I did see a place in germany called something like 'neu alt stadt' which is yet more proof that no place should be allowed to be called 'new town'
@wxcafe please teach them how to pronounce "outrage"
@kiilas ? that's an english word as well
@wxcafe yes but you could teach them that it's derived from French, and not from out+rage like how English speakers tend to pronounce it
@kiilas it's? not though? I mean on a long enough timescale yeah but it's from old english