li [Andreas Johansson] mi tulis la > We're sometimes told we should use the natively prefered > names of countries and > places - eg. Myanmar rather than Burma, Mumbai rather than > Bombay, and even I have a tendency to say "Bombay" but that just out of habit, but when I was there the signs almost always said "Mumbai". > Belarus rather than Vitryssland - but I can't recall anyone > ever arguing we > should use native *pronounciations* of those names. Well, I'd say pronounce them as close to the native version as possible within the confines of your own language's rules. In other words, *don't* do as many "hispanic" newscasters in the U.S. do, when they code-switch into Spanish every time a Spanish name crops up in what is otherwise a stream of English speech. If there's anyone out there from the L.A. area, you'll know exactly what I'm ranting on about.