I pronounce ‘Were’ like the ‘ur’ in ‘blur’ with an ‘w’ added to the front = wur
I pronounce ‘Where’ like ‘air’ with a ‘w’ on the front = wair
7pm one evening, at the end of a long day an Italian colleague said “I’m working with Michele“. Myself and another English person simultaneously reacted with “Working?!”, shocked that anyone would be able to continue working.
Italian: “Yes, working to the Hotel”
We understood. “Oh, Walking”
The Italian encouraged us to say ‘walking’ a few more times, then imitated us. His British accent for this one word became impeccable.
“How did you do that?”
“It sounds like that Chinese pan, the Wok, I say Woking”
And indeed that’s what he said, it was easy to understand and sounded awfully posh.