Personal journal about random things. In 2015, it will be all about my year abroad in Mexico, working on my Spanish.
I shamelessly backdate posts.
That rule sounds like complete nonsense to me. The rule I learned forty years ago was: v is /v/ in foreign words, /f/ in native words. Note that this completely explains all her examples, whereas such an ordinary word as November, which she doesn't mention but has /v/, is mis-explained.So the great bulk of all v words take /f/, but when a German sees a novel word in v, they'll tend to pronounce it /v/.
That sounds a lot more probable to me.It's funny how you can't trust native-speaker intuition.
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