What was that about having an English degree? If you really have one, then you know that English (whether it's British or American) is just about the worst language when it comes to phonetics. No consistency whatsoever when it comes to vowels.
Can confirm. The language we speak is so confusing when you think about it. I just realized the other day, you know the rule about a or an before a letter? I always heard you do it before vowels, but when I didn't know what you do it before a heard vowel, not a spelled one. For example:
A xylophone. You say a because the x is pronounced without the EX sound.
An X-Ray. You say an because the x sounds like EX.
WHAT KIND OF NONSENSE IS THIS LOL