U.N. climate deal in Copenhagen, or København?
British and American English speakers often differ about whether to pronounce it “Copen’hay’gen” or “Copen’haa’gen”. And interviews for the Reuters Global Climate and Alternative Energy summit this week are bringing varieties in between.
But what do Danes reckon? I called up an expert:
“We’d normally say “Copen’hay’gen in English,” said Ida Ebbensgaard,” spokeswoman for Danish Environment Minister Connie Hedegaard who will host the Dec. 7-18 meeting.
Or maybe delegates from the 190 nations can try saying the word in Danish — “København” (…pronounced something like “Sjobenhaavn”).
(Photo: Denmark’s Little Mermaid statue)