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German city names

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Jan 9, 2011
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It's totally fine to use the English name and pronunciation of some place when speaking in English about it. If I was to tell you about my trip to Dublin then I'd tell you I visited Dublin; not that I visited Baile Átha Cliath. Madrid: Ma-DRID, not ma-THREETHE. Or Paris...in English it's Peariss, not Pahhhhheee. And unless I was speaking to you in Danish I'd tell you about my trip to Copenhagen, not København.

German example: In English we call it Brunswick. Germans spell it Braunschweig and pronounce it brown-shvyke. But unless I'm actually speaking German I'm not saying it that way.

Challenge to Germans who want English speakers to pronounce German places like native German speakers: Try to pronounce Vancouver the way we do in English. I always hear Germans pronounce it fun-koo-fuh!
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Always a good thing for one to further their education about the rest of the world … and how things are done elsewhere

But as @Kiraly said, the pronunciation in a foreign language when telling a story in English is not required.

Some say it shows one is educated / worldly … while others think it pretentious.

So the choice is yours and the reaction will depend on the circles you run in
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Cue every person who spent a semester abroad in Barthelona...

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