Originally Posted by Quirk
As far as foreign pronunciations, it does grate me a little when people order a 'kra-SANNNT' in that stereotypical Noo Yawk accent. Years of French class put me in the habit of using the 'authentic' pronunciation, but in order to sound less pretentious at the local coffee shop, I eventually adopted a sort of middleground 'cruh-SAWNT'.
Americans trying to speak french (in an authentic way) is pretty much useless unless they can get rid of how they pronounce vowels, and especially "r".
I started speaking french quite young and currently live in a french city, and still struggle with sounding half decent. If I'm not around french people I don't pronounce words correctly (to the extent of my abilities) because I think it makes you sound like a pretensious loser.
I'd still die to hear Kenneth Pollock and his friends speak "french".