My mom got called on to read aloud in class and came across the word ‘island’ and pronounced the s (is-land) and the whole class laughed at her and the teacher told her she was stupid. She grew up hating reading and has literally not read any books, newspapers, magazines, etc. since my sister and I were younger and then she only read us children’s books because she ‘had to.’ So like, don’t do this.
And then there are people like me (and I assume many others on here) who learned a foreign language mostly on the internet and through books. There are still so many words that I use regularily and yet I have no real clue how you pronounce them.