How important is it to correctly pronounce words?

The phone lines kept ringing on #NightTalk with Gugs and Sizwe as listeners shared their experiences with pronunciations.

This follows a trending topic on Twitter, the social media platform, where South Africans were debating about the correct pronunciation of Moët & Chandon.

Listen here to Gugs and Sizwe's thoughts on the pronunciation of names:

Some listeners reflected on their experience of having their names mispronounced, while others shared their observations on whether the correct pronunciation of words is important.

Pronunciation is not important unless it changes the context of what is being said

Sizwe from Centurion

We have 11 official languages (in South Africa). We should expect 11 different ways people will say things

Ngoako from Soweto

There's a certain level of emasculation with pronouncing some words incorrectly. If you can say impala or implausible, how can you not say Mpumalanga?

Themba from Pretoria

It is more a sign of language if I learn your language, and if I hash it, then all the more fun

Rhys from Cape Town

This conversation continued on Twitter, with listeners commenting on how they react when someone mispronounces a name.


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