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18.6.02

I realised today, while working on a story about an Ojibway sacred site that's being threatened by logging, how badly I needed to learn a third language. Knowing some Spanish has conditioned me to prounounce all foriegn words as if they were in Spanish. I've known this for some time, considering that my brain insits on pronouncing the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah's name "hez-BOY-ya," but it really came home while talking to people about the Oibway site. I had trouble in some cases even recognizing the names they said because the spelling suggested such a different pronunciation to my Spanish-trained brain.

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