Thursday, July 30, 2009

English Accent

Lindsey said our roads are rubbish. In all honesty, I did have to avoid two potholes while I drove her to dinner last night. I was hoping we would make a better impression, but oh well. After she said that, it seemed like at every turn there were road construction signs and I got more and more embarrassed. She also chuckles all the time at things the kids say - stuff that I don't even think is funny. When I asked her about it, she said they just sound so American. She said the things they say sound like something she would see on an American television show. I couldn't quite understand so I asked for an example. She said, "Well, they said, 'Awe man, it's so hot!' It just sounds so American." I'm still not sure I understand, but I have to take her word for it.

My English accent is really coming along nicely too! I keep trying to talk, I'm sure to Lindsey's great annoyance. She said I speak with a London accent, probably from watching English movies. She said it's very "posh." I took that as a compliment even though she probably didn't mean it as one. She also said that she was reading a book to Luke and he pointed to a picture of a badger and asked what it was. She said, "Thaht's ah bahguh." And he repeated it with an English accent, "Bahguh." So, who knows, maybe my kids will have a slight English accent at the end of this year

We sat up and talked for a while last night and it seems like we're settling into a very odd routine. I think it will get better once the kids start school and Lindsey starts driving. She has to pass a driving test and exam. We have to go get her one of those driver's education books so she can start studying. She said they don't have stop signs in England like we do. I can't even imagine.

That's all I've got for today. Got to get to work.


Mary said...

It is weird here in England because half of the TV shows - maybe more- are American. So imagine half of the TV shows in America in an Engish accent with English jargon and then suddenly being surrounded by it everyday - that would make me laugh too. It would seem very surreal.
I do not even notice the english accents I hear anymore - but the security guy in our office building says he asks me questions every morning just so he can hear my American accent. Weird.

Kathi said...

Kris' grandmother has a very unique Scottish/Yonkers New York accent. Both her parents came here from Scotland but she was born and raised in Yonkers. I love to hear her talk.

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