I am working with / instructing a new intern who is frequently using the incorrect plural of a technical term, for example, ‘Gooses’ instead of ‘Geese’.
I’m fine giving him technical instruction however not sure how to approach this issue in a positive way.
He will often use this during a technical discussion and I feel it will derail the conversation and idea flow if I explicitly correct him at that point. It also feels somewhat petty to do so, his meaning was clearly conveyed.
I’ve tried using the correct terms in front of him or repeating back what he’s said but that has not had any effect. I’ve been working with him for just under a week so far.
We are both native English speakers, however I'm a British import into the USA so there are some regional differences in terminology and spelling.
My goal is to have him sound as professional and knowledgeable as possible - inside the company and when speaking with clients. I find the incorrect usage jarring, so I imagine others will to.
How can I correct this in a positive way (I.e without making him feel stupid or self conscious when he speaks)?