Hooked on Phonics
When I was in China, and valiantly attempting to learn Chinese, the students would teach me to say something, and I'd write it phonetically on a scrap of paper. Which is why I can remember how to sing "Are you Sleeping?" in Mandarin, but can't remember how to say "My name is Anna."
Some days, though, it feels like being in China all over again.
"Okay, so how do I say this?"
"Leiceshire," says Fiona. Lester-shire, I dutifully write down.
"And this one?"
"Gloucestershire." She sighs. "It's like Leiceshire."
Gloster-shire, I write, and look at it critically. "That's an awful lot of letters. This one?"
"That's just Southampton! It's nothing special!"
English into English, indeed.