Sunday, 1 March 2009
What to say?...how to say it.
In my travels around America I enjoy speaking to the various people I meet as I go about everyday life.....but do they enjoy speaking to me,or more precisely do they understand me? Most Americans when speaking to me seem bemused by my obviously English accent but they are confused as to my exact origin,the most popular attempts at my origin are Ireland and Australia. I take the time to explain that I am in fact English born, but due to my birth in Liverpool I am graced/plagued by a very distinctive and sometimes unintelligible accent known as 'Scouse'. Scouse,with its Irish/welsh origins is one of Englands most recognisable accents (as spoken by The Beatles) but for a non speaker it can sometimes be a bit of a handful. Americans also tend to be interested in the fact that only a couple of miles from my home accents begin to change rapidly and soon become so different as to be upon occasion mutually unintelligible,something that doesn't happen too much in America. My baby daughter Princess OTW is only learning to talk just now and despite my best efforts has already developed a mini Scouse accent...imagine a very babyish voice say words ending with k.....darkkkkk!.....I see a fortune in private schooling ahead!