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"You Can Barely Speak English"

Old Jul 12th 2004, 11:04 pm
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I was taking a complaint from an employee today who had been fired. The conversation went backwards and forwards over and over again as to why she had been fired and that it was policy in her case to fire employees immediately.

Anyway at the end of the conversation, as she wasn't hearing what she wanted to hear she said to me "Can I speak to someone else, I mean you can't hardly speak English!!!"

Bloody cheek!!! This from a red-neck!

Of course I said "I am English!"

She didn't stay on the phone..... I only have a light northern accent.... gave my co-workers a good laugh though!
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 12:31 am
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I was taking a complaint from an employee today who had been fired. The conversation went backwards and forwards over and over again as to why she had been fired and that it was policy in her case to fire employees immediately.

Anyway at the end of the conversation, as she wasn't hearing what she wanted to hear she said to me "Can I speak to someone else, I mean you can't hardly speak English!!!"

Bloody cheek!!! This from a red-neck!

Of course I said "I am English!"

She didn't stay on the phone..... I only have a light northern accent.... gave my co-workers a good laugh though!
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 1:30 am
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Originally posted by RoB1833
I was taking a complaint from an employee today who had been fired. The conversation went backwards and forwards over and over again as to why she had been fired and that it was policy in her case to fire employees immediately.

Anyway at the end of the conversation, as she wasn't hearing what she wanted to hear she said to me "Can I speak to someone else, I mean you can't hardly speak English!!!"

Bloody cheek!!! This from a red-neck!

Of course I said "I am English!"

She didn't stay on the phone..... I only have a light northern accent.... gave my co-workers a good laugh though!
I'd revel in dedicating every ounce of my being to ensure she was denied unemployment, just to be spiteful

Sometimes my accent has a effect of calming down angry callers. I've had a few women go from being upset, to saying how hot my accent it, and completely forgetting about their issues.

I'm such an asset to me company
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 4:37 am
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I've had someone tell me on the phone that my English was terrible. Got a few giggles out of that one.
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 12:23 pm
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I hear you there I remember a particularly obnoxious telemarketer telling me I couldn't speak English, few choice words to be had there, strangely enough they never called back!

It can be useful for those annoying phonecalls as I just tell them I am here on vacation and couldn't possibly be interested in whatever they are selling me.

Still have been here three years everyone still comments on my accent but my family back home think I sound like a yank - no pleasing some people I guess!

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Old Jul 13th 2004, 2:17 pm
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I've lived here for 4 years now, and I still can't do an American accent! Whenever I've tried it sounds like a strange amalgamation of Irish and Welsh.
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Anyway at the end of the conversation, as she wasn't hearing what she wanted to hear she said to me "Can I speak to someone else, I mean you can't hardly speak English!!!"

Bloody cheek!!! This from a red-neck!

Of course I said "I am English!"

She didn't stay on the phone..... I only have a light northern accent.... gave my co-workers a good laugh though!
Can you imagine the reaction if we Brits made a retort like that to Southerners or Americans, in general?
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 2:45 pm
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I was asked by a car salesman if I could read English...
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Sometimes when I tell people that I am from the UK, they ask me how I know English.
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 6:12 pm
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Can you imagine the reaction if we Brits made a retort like that to Southerners or Americans, in general?
As a transplanted northerner down here in the south, I have asked many southerners to speak English goddamnit!!.
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Or will y'al speak English
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Old Jul 13th 2004, 7:28 pm
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Hasnt happened to me yet...if it does my answer will be "no I don't speak English badly, it's an accent...I'm sorry if you can't tell the difference (or what an accent is)...what's your excuse?"
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Old Jul 14th 2004, 2:18 am
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Originally posted by Oggie Oi!
Sometimes when I tell people that I am from the UK, they ask me how I know English.
I've had similar comments, .... until I realized that Americans think that I said Ukraine. I have since conditioned myself to say "Britain" when asked where I come from as, strange though it may seem, most Americans (round here at least) don't use "UK"/ "United Kingdom" to describe my home country.
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Old Jul 15th 2004, 1:42 pm
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Originally posted by Pulaski
I've had similar comments, .... until I realized that Americans think that I said Ukraine. I have since conditioned myself to say "Britain" when asked where I come from as, strange though it may seem, most Americans (round here at least) don't use "UK"/ "United Kingdom" to describe my home country.
Hahaha that's SO funny.

I don't know how many times I heard Sweden getting mixed up with Switzerland when I was in Arkansas for 4 months. Or questions like "do y'all speak English there?" or "is that in Europe?". But mixing up the U.K. with Ukraine is just hilarious.. I alsmost fell off my chair when I read that.

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Old Jul 15th 2004, 2:02 pm
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I've had "can you say something in English?"

Most of the time when people ask me where I'm from, I tell them Kansas City, Missouri. Half of them actually believe me.
 

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