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    Posted: 01 Jul 2019 at 12:49pm
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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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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In that case Bluetrain, he was probably just the local village idiot

Just kidding
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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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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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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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Often, I have to translate for my wife (who is American) when we are in Scotland - something with that particular dialect/language throws her off...

have to agree on the observation that a lot of the hospitality and service industry jobs are taken by non-native speakers, so it seems.
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I’m with you on the generic “guys” Bluetrain, I hate it but for anyone under about 30-35, it’s the pretty much the default greeting/collective noun for a group of people.

Regarding your breakfast server, there’s a high probability that he was a non-native English speaker. The hospitality industry is very dependent on foreign labour. Many of the jobs within it are seen simply as transient and most don’t seek to carve out a career within it, it simply pays the rent while studying or until something better comes along.
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Well, some things are worth repeating.
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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. 
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