Being Australian is hard sometimes.. You are very isolated – I know that you all probably know this, but as an Australian, I think it is something you forget. Before I had ever come to America, there were a few things I didn’t get – like how to pronouce the spanish J.. or the Mexican J – I don’t know what is politally correct in this situation, so because I am clueless – let’s not get offended and just move forward.
Now – I realised that I had a lot to learn at a young age when driving through CA with my parents, or maybe it was Florida – in this scenario – it really doesn’t matter where we were, we were either en route to somewhere like Carmel, or we were going to Disney World – does that make this story any more epic? – not sure, but that is all the background I’m offering..
ANYWAY – we were driving and my smart arse of a mother says to 12 year old Lucy:
M: Lu-lu – how do you think you pronounce that (Jose was the word)
L: Jo-s (think Joe-ssss – hard J – like Josie and the Pussycats, but without the Y)
And she laughed (like a mean girl, yes – my mother, we love her) – and that is when I first realised I had a lot to learn. Big moment in my life really – I mean I knew we sounded different to other cultures, but I didn’t really get that other people actually said words differently than how they were spelled. J sounds like an H – get outta here. And you know it’s really only the Spaniard sounding things I have trouble with because we actually don’t have that influence in Australia – not that I can pronounce the Vietnamese words any better than you could (Americans) I mean that would be a lie – but we have NO Latino/ Spanish influence whatsoever..
Go out for dinner with an Australian – eat Mexican.. If they have never really been to Central America, or regular America – they will have no idea how to pronounce Quesadilla – it is going to come out Quay-sa-dil-a, as opposed to Quay-sa-dea.. Tortilla = Tort-til-la (as opposed to Tort-tea) and it goes on. We pronounce it how we see it.. Which also ties into the Australia attitude of calling it how we see it – but that is a whole other post on the nuances of being Australian.
So Jeisa, I want to say your name is Jay-sa, that is how I want to think it is pronounced.. But you know it may very well be Hey-sa, and that’s a pretty big fuck up on my part.. Nevertheless – you are a babe, and you are rocking my Friday.