As you now, I’ve been listening to a monster-load of audiobooks lately (especially this month, since I’m having so much trouble with my hands). And for the most part, I really like them.
But every so often a narrator pronounces a word in a way that makes me stop and question everything I know.
I find these words tend to fall into three categories:
- Regional Dialects: As a Canadian, I’m used to pronouncing words a little differently than the American standard. I don’t even bat an eye anymore at words like “foyer” (US = foy-er, Canadian = foy-ay). But the more audiobooks I listen to, the more differences I find (some may not be an American/Canadian thing, but a more regional distinction). The one that I hear the most often is “shone,” which the narrators pronounce “shown,” but I (and the fellow Canadians I’ve asked) pronounce “shawn.”
- Words I’ve Only Ever Read Before: Let’s face it, as an avid reader and visual learner, I recognize way more words than I actually use in conversation. So it’s not surprising that I’m now encountering words that I’ve never heard said aloud before. (I mean, how often do you use the word “ambergris”?)
- Words That Are Just Being Pronounced Wrong (fight me!): Seriously, though, 98% of the time weird-sounding words fall into one of the first two categories (or at least, I’m assuming they do). But every so often I hit a word that I know has a standard pronunciation, and the one in my audiobook is not it – and it pulls me right out of the story. (Best example is a very geeky YA, with a male MC who is a huge geek, but who mispronounced the Doctor Who villains “the Dalek” as “day-lek” instead of “dah-lek”.)
So what do you thin? Have you ever been pulled out of an audiobook by a wonky pronunciation? Or have you learned you’ve been pronouncing a word wrong in your head for years?
May Reading Stats:
- YA Contemporary (11)
- YA Mystery/Thriller (6)
- YA Fantasy (7)
- YA Historical (1)
- DNF (1) Realized it was a companion book to a series I haven’t read – basically like reading Quidditch Through the Ages if you’ve never read a single Harry Potter book.
May Total: 25
Yeah, it’s a lot, but it’s a combination of increasing my read-speed to 1.75x and not really being able to use my hands to do anything else.
Year to date: 78