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Old Mar 23rd 2009, 5:07 am
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Originally Posted by dunroving View Post
You've been reading "Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson, maybe? Many of the spellings, certainly, changed in the UK but remained the same in the US - so it's US spelling that is "correct" most of the time and UK spelling that is "wrong/changed" And apparently there are pockets of people up in the Appalachian mountains who speak Elizabethan English
Yep, North Carolina - in the mountains, along the coast - is especially rich in certain isolated 'pockets' with the older, more British dialects that have survived to a certain degree for hundreds of years now, interestingly not just amongst the 'white' population but amongst some native American and former-slaves communities as well.

Here's an example of the Outer Banks dialect/accent ('Hoi Toid' they call it) and unusual vocabulary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfsxP...20DE57&index=0

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgi9w...0DE57&index=18

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Old Mar 23rd 2009, 9:33 pm
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Default Re: is your accent something that gets commented on alot

As a 'saarf london girl' I don't think I have an accent!

When I'm in NY people only occasionally comment on my accent as I guess they are used to 'foreigners' visiting. I probably get the most comments from my Mum who, after 25+ years in NY cannot understand a word I say...to the point where I will abandon a conversation after she says "what?" for the 10th time.

When I'm in Florida I've had to resort to Spanish to make myself understood!
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Old Mar 23rd 2009, 9:49 pm
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Originally Posted by DMDA View Post

When I'm in NY people only occasionally comment on my accent as I guess they are used to 'foreigners' visiting. I probably get the most comments from my Mum who, after 25+ years in NY cannot understand a word I say...to the point where I will abandon a conversation after she says "what?" for the 10th time.
My dad does that but I think he is going deaf
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Default Re: is your accent something that gets commented on alot

I got many comments on how cute my british accent is the first time i went on an american post with my o/h. Some people even find it hard to understand me To me my accent is nothing special lol
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Default Re: is your accent something that gets commented on alot

Originally Posted by Black Sheep View Post
Yep, North Carolina - in the mountains, along the coast - is especially rich in certain isolated 'pockets' with the older, more British dialects that have survived to a certain degree for hundreds of years now, interestingly not just amongst the 'white' population but amongst some native American and former-slaves communities as well.

Here's an example of the Outer Banks dialect/accent ('Hoi Toid' they call it) and unusual vocabulary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfsxP...20DE57&index=0

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgi9w...0DE57&index=18
I have to agree with that I've been working in NC for the last few months and several times I've heard snippets of conversation which sounded as if they could have been British.
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Old Mar 24th 2009, 9:44 pm
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this made me laugh out loud cos I have to spell out my name sometimes and then they go, "oh Paul, you said Pool".

I'm a londoner and have completely kept my accent despite living here over 6 years and work in a call centre in california. I speak to clients in every state and find that people on the two coasts know you're english 90% of the time. In the heartland (red) states like kansas, georgia and the southern states, I've been asked if I'm german, russian, south african with australian being the most often question.
Certain words you have to say to americans their way or you wont be able to communicate to them, I'm talking here about "water", "daughter", "tomato", "tube" etc, as much as I hate not saying them in my accent, it beats having to repeat it 5 times, the only problem though is that it stays in your sub-conscious and last time I was back home in blighty, I got some funny looks when I asked for "water" in an american accent.
Americans are slowly getting more worldly and are travelling more but its still a slow process over here.
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[QUOTE=pepekwa;7415286]Certain words you have to say to americans their way or you wont be able to communicate to them, I'm talking here about "water", "daughter", "tomato", "tube" etc, as much as I hate not saying them in my accent, it beats having to repeat it 5 times, the only problem though is that it stays in your sub-conscious and last time I was back home in blighty, I got some funny looks when I asked for "water" in an american accent.
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I'm the same. I don't think my accents's changed but there are little sub-concious changes you obviously make to be understood. When i was back in UK in Feb I went for a curry with a few mates and without realising it I asked for some wadderrr. I managed to pretend that i'd done it on purpose for a laugh but it was totally natural.
Words i find myself still saying saying when i'm back visiting in UK are gas, vacation, soccer (sorry). They've just become habit now.
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i will never say soccer, i'd rather be deported than use that dreadful excuse for a word, i'm always reminding yanks its football and the NFL is throwball, oh and i love asking them why their championship winners are known as "world champions" .
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Wells Fargo bank - in Washington State - speaking to the account opener (not the lone arranger)

Her - 'You speak English really good, where did you learn it '?

Me with a smile - 'England'

Her - 'Do they speak English there' ?

Me - 'Yes, a lot of them'

Her - 'wow that's great'
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Default Re: is your accent something that gets commented on alot

Originally Posted by pepekwa View Post
i will never say soccer, i'd rather be deported than use that dreadful excuse for a word, i'm always reminding yanks its football and the NFL is throwball, oh and i love asking them why their championship winners are known as "world champions" .


I have the exact same feeling about that as you
And yea whats with that world champion stuff about? Then again a lot of Americans do think America is the world
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Originally Posted by MagStu View Post
In reply to YoungSteve17, 28 years of people asking me about my accent has not been a burden. I have always wanted to retain my accent and having people who do not know me say that they like it and am I from England, makes me feel good. When I return to England and people think that I am American, it makes me feel bad. I am English, and although I am living here and doing everything that Americans do, my bloodline is who I am.
So, I never get tired of it. Also, Steve, I came from Colchester, pretty close to Ipswich where you come from so in 28 years time you should still have your accent!!!!!
Good news for me

Nice too hear that. Or should i say, nice to ear that

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Originally Posted by Rete View Post
You've been here a long time. Why have you not adapted your speech patterns accordingly so that you aren't considered as a young punk with a smart mouth?
I'm English i cant help but to be cheeky
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I'm English i cant help but to be cheeky

Good man !
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Originally Posted by exvj View Post

Her - 'Do they speak English there' ?

Me - 'Yes, a lot of them'
Not sure about Birmingham and the North as a whole though...

...only kidding!
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Wells Fargo bank - in Washington State - speaking to the account opener (not the lone arranger)
Could it have been the Lone Ranger?
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