A couple of days ago I lost my beloved map on my way home from an outing. It’s a paper map, which I have highlighted with all sorts of vital locales, such as restaurants. I can’t get Google maps here so I’m very dependent on this paper map. Anyway, I lost it while cycling around the center of town. By an odd streak of luck, however, the day before, I had learned the proper pronunciation of the neighborhood adjacent to school from someone who lives there.
The neighborhood is spelled like this: Amager. Imagine by surprise to discover that the entire second half of the word is NOT pronounced. If you want to find this part of Copenhagen, you have to say “How do I get to Ama?” Everyone speaks English of course, but they won’t understand what you mean if you say a Danish word incorrectly. So, thankfully, armed with my second correctly pronounced Danish word, and with the help of the kind Danish people, I was able to find my way home to Ama.