When I mentioned to friends I had recently been to Benalmadena in Spain, I was corrected on its pronunciation. I had chosen to pronounce it in an English way rather than in a Spanish pronunciation. After all, I wouldn't say Paris how a Frenchman would say it.

If I use the native pronunciation of a foreign city I might look pretentious. If on the other hand I use the English pronunciation, I might then get corrected with the alternative.

Which is the correct convention please?

Many thanks.

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  • I hate having to deal with this issue. OK. I'm not too good at pronouncing other people's words the native way, but just leave me alone. Also, I don't care - I like pronouncing it Chip port'l. it sounds more pleasing to my ear. Just leave me alone. Should I teach them how to pronounce Rosh HaShannah "correctly"? – Blessed Geek Dec 31 '13 at 2:38
  • There is no ‘correct convention’. It depends on context. @BlessedGeek, are you talking about Chipotle, as in the food chain? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 2:45
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    @JanusBahsJacquet No. He's talking about the Jewish New Year. Everything at the restaurant is tref. – Elliott Frisch Dec 31 '13 at 2:54
  • @ElliottFrisch, Rosh Hashana I know—I was talking about “Chip port’l”. Unless of course he likes to pronounce either Rosh Hashana or Benalmádena as “Chip port’l”, which I’d say is perhaps taking idiosyncratic pronunciation to a slightly exaggerated level. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 3:04
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Ahh. I think he's referring to a dried (or smoked) jalapeño pepper. – Elliott Frisch Dec 31 '13 at 3:09

As with many things I believe the answer here is context.

With your "pretentious" friends use the native pronunciation "Paree" (and be prepared for a correction when you forget); with everyone else say "Paris", and in my city you'd have to add "France".

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