“Um, how do you pronounce that…?”
My native language is English, American English that is, and so moving to London seems pretty straight forward in terms of language. Many of us Yankees are familiar with the British pronunciations of schedule (shed-yule), aluminium (al-you-mini-um), and of course, Hermione (Her-my-on-nee). But after learning that I will be living in the Marylebone neighborhood of London for a year I wondered, “How exactly is that pronounced? Looks kinda…French?" Luckily, friends who lived there for a number of years clued me in: Marylebone = “Marr-leh-bun”.
Hmm, would not have guessed that.
In any event, I’m thrilled that I’ll be hanging my hat in Marylebone as part of the International Students House community. Each year the ISH charity awards in the region of £2.2 million to international students coming to London for their studies. I am deeply grateful to have been selected for one of the ISH scholarship awards in partnership with London Metropolitan University, and will be living and learning "Britishisms" with fellow international students from all over the world. So look me up in Marylebone—it’s not far from Grosvenor Square…so apparently you don’t pronounce the “s” or the last “r” in Grosvenor!
Hi, I'm Romi. I'm an American artist who lives & works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have the amazing opportunity to live in London while working on a MFA program in painting and decided to blog about the experience. So here we go!