Pronunciation is the news announcer’s lurking nemesis.
It’s not always the foreign words or names that trip you up. Those, at least you know to try hunt down the pronunciation for. It’s the familiar-seeming ones that will get you, especially American place names. For example, Quincy in Massachusetts is pronounced KWIN-zee, not KWIN-see. And Cairo, Illinois, is pronounced KARE-oh, not KIE-roh, as in the capital of Egypt.
The lesson here: when in doubt, check. And when not in doubt, think twice.
Tips and links on how to find pronunciations coming in future posts.