"Oh, tire." Finally, I understood. He said it once again and still it was unintelligible to me. I kept saying it for him. Finally, he laughed at me and told me I should know that it was not "ti-er." He told me I was wrong. I have only been exposed to and speaking English for 69+ years.
This is what Webster has to say:
You may think I speak with a Southern accent, but I guarantee you would know what I was saying.
English pronunciation is not ever consistent. I think it is a miracle people ever learn to speak English. My Spanish lacks a lot, but I have never argued with a native Spanish speaker!
Think about these words and how the gh is pronounced--cough, thought, through. He pronounced "through" as "trew." The breath sound baffled him.
This man wants to advance in our society, but he needs to trust me about English...lol. He is a US citizen, has driver's license, Social Security card and owns his house, land in the country. and car. Why would he not believe me? He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I can understand a heavy Spanish accent, but one word baffled me.
I took TESOL classes at the university. (Teaching Speakers of Other Languages) At one point I tutored Japanese to speak English. They are well-educated and can read it but not pronounce English.
He lives next to the fruit and vegetable farm he managed for ten years. The owner retired but Jose can get peaches and other tree fruit growing nest to his property. He has permission to pick some. We will remain friends because I want peaches...lol. Just kidding. He will have me as a willing tutor for a long time.
When I told him I would like fruit to can, he asked if I would teach him how to can. Now, if I could teach people to can in exchange for produce to can for myself, the deal would profit us both.
And, once again, my car will not start!
Have you ever helped anyone with speaking English? Would you trade canning lessons for produce? Who cursed my car?