When I listened to those very English speaking people talks about speaking English, I get really tensed.
We are trained by some very experienced professionals and trained English teachers to make the proper and correct pronunciation when we read the Bible.
And the hardest word for me to pronounce correctly is the word LOVE. Being brought up in a Malay school with not much emphasis on speaking English, I considered myself lucky and smart to be able to speak English now. However, there are many words which I mispronounced, or so say the experts.
I had always pronounced the word love as luv. I luv yew. Then, I was told that it is wrong to pronounce luv. The correct one is laaaarf. Can you imagine how hard it is to adjust from I luv yew to I larrrrf you? The part of the rf is supposed to have some tongue swallowing sound.
The other word is God. I am supposed to pronounce it as gawwwddd with the d sounding clear as t.
One other big boo boo I made was ‘covet’. Now, I have forgotten how it is pronounced. Thou shalt not covet thy’s neighbours’ sexy wives….Once, I mispronounced it to mean caveat. Sigh….is it kor-vert or kar-vert or kay-viat, I totally cannot remember now.
Yesterday, I am not sure if people noticed but I went from luv to larrrff to luv and larrfff….which made me all tensed up because I myself noticed I had mispronounced as there were probably 6-7 repititions of the word love and God. Maybe I should just shaarff (shove) the whole idea of being purrfert (perfect) and do whatever I am most comfortable with. After all, does Jesus even cares if I said it wrongly?
Here’s the love repeated seven eight times verse. It is copied from the American Catholic church so it is a bit different from what I read but still, the love and the God words repeated as many times.
1 Jn 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.