Learning Can Be Chainful

| Learning | May 22, 2013

(I’m helping my daughter with her geography.)

Me: “… and what’s the name of a group or chain of islands?”

Daughter: “Archipelago.”

(She pronounces it “ark-i-puh-LAA-go.”)

Me: “It’s pronounced ‘ark-i-PEL-ago.'”

Daughter: “You’re wrong. Our teacher says ‘ark-i-puh-LAAAA-go.'”

(I open up Dictionary.com, look up “archipelago” and presses the “say” button several times.)

Dictionary.com: “ark-i-PEL-ago, ark-i-PEL-ago, ark-i-PEL-ago.”

Daughter: “Okay! Stop! Stop!”

Dictionary.com: “ark-i-PEL-ago! ark-i-PEL-ago! ark-i-PEL-ago!”

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