pronounciation of english

Zonneveld, B.J.M. (Ben)
Tue, 27 Jul 2010 01:12:04 PDT
The funny thing is that only English speakers every time wonder how to
pronounce a name . The explanation is simple. There are about 35
different sounds in every language. There are also about the same number
,35, of ways to write these sounds. With one exception unfortunately
.The English has about 800 different ways to write these same 35 sounds.
For me, if I see a dutch word for the first time I know in most cases
how to pronounce it. This is nearly impossible with an English word even
if you are a linguist.
By the way those that insist on keeping close to the English name of a
person seem to forget that there are  people speaking other languages
after whom plants are named How do you handle these?

Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Nationaal Herbarium Nederland
POBox 9514
2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
telf 071 5274738

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