Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lingua Franca

This post is to make up for the one I was supposed to write yesterday. I'll write another this evening.

It's a very strange thing to be the only native English-speaker in a room of many different language-speakers. English ends up being the default language, and I feel a little spoiled always being the comfortable one, never having to stretch myself. I have decided, however, that I don't like the way I speak English. I need a better accent. The Welsh girl told me yesterday that she admires the Deep South, including the accent. Maybe that would do.

5 comments:

Paul said...

LOL:) Daddy can help you out on that one. JK, right?

Katie B said...

I don't know...I need something!

Tara said...

No Katie no!!!! Anyone who has said that has never spent extensive time in the deep south! My ears suffer from the violent abuse of the English language every time I leave base! Think Eliza Doolittle pre-Professor Higgins! If you must take on an accent, go British! Or, I've noticed that if you watch enough bonus features on DVDs, the actors always have very nice English, which makes sense because speaking well is such a big part of their job.

Katie B said...

Hahaha! I guess this is your first major exposure, Tara. It kind of grows on you after a while...but don't worry, I think I'm far more likely to pick up some strange British/European mix. My syntax is already becoming strange; next it will be my pronunciation.

Paul said...

You'll be cured when you come back home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lingua Franca

This post is to make up for the one I was supposed to write yesterday. I'll write another this evening.

It's a very strange thing to be the only native English-speaker in a room of many different language-speakers. English ends up being the default language, and I feel a little spoiled always being the comfortable one, never having to stretch myself. I have decided, however, that I don't like the way I speak English. I need a better accent. The Welsh girl told me yesterday that she admires the Deep South, including the accent. Maybe that would do.

5 comments:

Paul said...

LOL:) Daddy can help you out on that one. JK, right?

Katie B said...

I don't know...I need something!

Tara said...

No Katie no!!!! Anyone who has said that has never spent extensive time in the deep south! My ears suffer from the violent abuse of the English language every time I leave base! Think Eliza Doolittle pre-Professor Higgins! If you must take on an accent, go British! Or, I've noticed that if you watch enough bonus features on DVDs, the actors always have very nice English, which makes sense because speaking well is such a big part of their job.

Katie B said...

Hahaha! I guess this is your first major exposure, Tara. It kind of grows on you after a while...but don't worry, I think I'm far more likely to pick up some strange British/European mix. My syntax is already becoming strange; next it will be my pronunciation.

Paul said...

You'll be cured when you come back home.