Every now and then I’ll hear a word for the first time that I’ve only seen printed. Sometimes my mental pronunciation is wrong.
Like just the other day I actually heard someone say the word stymie, like I’ve seen it printed on probably hundreds of occasions so I’m surprised I hadn’t actually heard it in person. I guess the first syllable has a long i, huh.
When I read Tom Clancy’s books years ago I never bothered to try and pronounce the russian names in my head. I recognized “that combination of letters is this person” and went with it.
I’ve been watching some youtube videos about Tolkien’s world and realized that I have been pronouncing a lot of the names in the Silmirilion wrong - mostly those that start with “C”. I’ve been using a soft C and I guess it should be a hard C.