Not really. Even politicians in senior government positions often speak and write illiterate. And the best example of this is Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States.
Americans are people too
Not all native speakers can speak well and write competently. While teaching English as a foreign language, most students believe that their student language will greatly lose to the native English speaker.
And upon arrival in the United States or Britain, they are greatly surprised by the tongue-tied language of the local population. And the point is not even in accents and slang, but in the banal language errors that a person makes on the machine.
Donald Trump is a great example of such a somewhat tongue-tied American. He never studied English or stage speech. Therefore, his English language is similar to the one spoken by the vast majority of US residents. With grammatical and spelling errors, incorrect pronunciation of words and spelling of phrases “as you hear”.
Spoken Reservations and Errors
Reservations are normal. Any person can get confused. But in English there is one interesting thing – the words there can be read completely differently than they are written.
And if you don’t know how to pronounce a particular word, then there is a big chance that it will not work out correctly.
Contest is still popular in the USA Spelling bee among schoolchildren and students, in which participants must correctly pronounce the written word.
Such entertainment was popular back in the 19th century, but as a large-scale competition it first appeared in 1908, and already in 1925 the nationwide Spelling Bee championship appeared.
Today, such championships are an invariable part of the culture of the English-speaking world. Several films have even been shot about the competition: for example, Akeelah and the Bee (2006) and Spellbound (2002). The competition also appeared in a large number of series and shows, including in The Simpsons (season 14, episode 12).
So, in order to correctly pronounce a compound word, you need to be familiar with it in advance. Look in the dictionary for transcription, for example.
It is clear that Trump’s political speeches are written by the press service. But often, even with quite ordinary words, the president has problems. There are also reservations, but in some cases it is clear that the politician simply does not know how to pronounce the word correctly.
Here, Trump’s similar bloopers in 2019 are very clearly collected: