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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Double 0 Soul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jun 2019 at 11:31pm
Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

I think Americans just have a hard time with UK dialects. I'm English & have been in America for 30 years. I've made an effort to alter the way I pronounce some words in an attempt to make myself more intelligible & still I have to repeat myself sometimes. 


When i was in my early 20's i was on a flight to Hawaii with a few friends from Sheffield.. most of the other passengers were American who kept saying "Hey you guys sound like The Beatles" "Listen to these guys...they sound just like The Beatles"

What! Confused LOL
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Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:


When i was in my early 20's i was on a flight to Hawaii with a few friends from Sheffield.. most of the other passengers were American who kept saying "Hey you guys sound like The Beatles" "Listen to these guys...they sound just like The Beatles"

What! Confused LOL


This is written in exactly the same font that Phil Oakey and Sean Bean use!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BlueTrain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2019 at 5:23am
Sorry but the waiter I was referring to was definitely English. I don't remember the name of the village or town, though. We stayed in four or five different places while we were there (over five years ago). We stayed in Cropredy just after they had hosted a music festival.
 
On the subject of accents, I've had to ask my mother-in-law to repeat herself a few times and she was from Lynchburg, Virginia. My wife says I pick up my old accent when I speak to people back home where I'm from in West Virginia, about 90 miles from Lynchburg.
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In that case Bluetrain, he was probably just the local village idiot

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Perhaps it was a generational thing. I was probably 30 years older than he was. But I've known a couple dozen men and women from England, Scotland and even Ireland (none from Wales, I think) and I've managed pretty well understanding them. That is, I understood their speech. I don't think anyone understands me.
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Originally posted by BlueTrain BlueTrain wrote:


I've known a couple dozen men and women from England, Scotland and even Ireland

This sounds like the beginning of a joke!
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I watched this brilliant documentary t'other night


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I’m quite convinced that in many cases it’s not the accent that throws the listener, it’s the listener not listening.

In two parts

1. The arrogant f-ckwit with the attitude that the speaker isn’t worth listening to because an accent implies lack of education
2. Those that immediately but subconsciously hear accents as foreign therefore difficult to understand

Generally if you listen well, then often you will understand what is being said, even though you might not recognise every word
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Double 0 Soul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2019 at 2:33am
Indeed,

It's impossible to agree with the opinionated Meades on 100% of points, it doesn't seem fitting that he would prefer a nation where we should all speak like middle england robots.

I think accents are a rich tapestry but there are also folks just like Meades but from the opposite end of the dogma spectrum...
I was trying to find our chimney sweeps house at Greenhill recently (pronounced Gren'ill by folks who live there unless you're under 35) to collect our certificate, i stopped to ask a slack jawed yokel directions...?
Never heard of Greenhill...i think you'll find its pronounced Gren'ill
No its not! its pronounced Greenhill by everyone in the English speaking world who doesn't live here, Me included? I did actually know they pronounce it Gren'ill but what the fuck! why should i capitulate? its not my accent.
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Good documentary. Thanks for the recommendation, Double O.

I enjoy hearing dialects but am happy to have lost most of my original one.

Some acquaintances from my school days who I had reconnected with via Facebook heard me speak in a short video interview that was on my page & expressed disgust at what I now sound like.

Pardon me if I no longer wish to sound like an 'oik' from a council caravan park in Hampshire...

(No offense to 'oiks' from council caravan parks in Hampshire).
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