When we first moved here from the Charente Maritime (only 1 hour door-to-door), I was bewildered by the local place names as pronounced by the locals.
As soon as I could, I found a French class and begged the teacher to go through the names of all the local towns and villages with us.
But still trying to find a teacher to help with pronunciation of OTHER than place names!
I have my quarry in sight but have to think up ways of persuading her to come out of retirement to teach me.
Now for a little anecdote to bring a smile to faces......
I was in the kiné's waiting-room earlier this week and an English couple came in so I said "bonjour" as we all do in these parts. Then the woman began fussing as to where he should sit. Being my (usual) helpful self, I offered him my seat which had arms that would help him to get back on his feet when his name was called. I spoke in English upon which they thanked me in French and then the woman said "But you are not English and you speak our language so well!"
I nearly choked over the magazine I was reading.......
Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
from Fle pour les curieux