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    /tomp raɪder/

    I am not sure if this post belongs here or Other Languages. Please, do move it if necessary.

    This is a meme that was very popular in Poland.

    The young man is interviewed with "what are you going to be doing on New Year's Eve?", to which he replies with a stereotypical simpleton accent (either on purpose or because that's how he speaks), which is composed of two misprinunciations of Polish words followed by /tomp raɪder/ (Tomb Rider).

    Below is my attempt to translate and transcribe what he said, keeping as closely to the context as I could:

    Interviewer: "We are asking the citizens of [name of the town] where they're going to spend the New Year's Eve this year [sic!]. How will you spend the New Year's Eve(, sir)?
    Interviewee: "I'll be playing a game" /ɑ bi pleɪn ə ɡeɪm/.
    Interviewer: "What game?"
    Interviewee: "Tomb Rider" /tomp raɪder/.

    Can this meme be used to help learners remember how the words tomb and catacomb are not pronounced?
    Last edited by Glizdka; 19-Jun-2019 at 03:48. Reason: Better quality of the sound

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    Re: /tomp raɪder/

    Possibly. For some Polish speakers already familiar with the meme, perhaps. Used how, exactly?

    What value is there in teaching someone how not to do something?

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    #3

    Re: /tomp raɪder/

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    What value is there in teaching someone how not to do something?
    Perhaps if someone is persistent in keeping the wrong pronunciation we could show this meme. The source of its popularity was the laughable manner in which he answered. To encourage remembering that this is not how to do it.

    EDIT:

    A bit of ridiculous is also a component of this meme. The words grał - play, and grę - game sound similar to the ear (unlike in English, so it's near-impossible to translate) that his sentence is tautologous, and is very unlikely to be heard because it sounds ungrammatical. The verb grać - to play can and even should be intransitive in this sentence.
    Last edited by Glizdka; 19-Jun-2019 at 03:46. Reason: trying to analyze humor

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    Re: /tomp raɪder/

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    To encourage remembering that this is not how to do it
    Why not?

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    Re: /tomp raɪder/

    Just teach that in all words in English that end with -mb, the b is not pronounced.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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