English Dialects

Over the last few weeks I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating on this post. We had a lot of fun discussing our thoughts and experiences concerning English dialects. I would love it if you guys took a minute to check out the post using the link below:

https://thirdculturekidcan.com/2021/04/27/english-dialects/

46 thoughts on “English Dialects

  1. Our many English dialects have fascinated me for many years. I have Irish genes. The Aussies, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the States are all tied together by our common language with its many dialects. In Michigan, we call Coke or Pepsi a Pop. We call a creek a crick, and windows a windah! And more.

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  2. Love your joint post. It annoys me a lot “when people judge you based on your dialect or accent.” It only shows that many people have no idea of the huge number of dialects in English and the huge number of non-native speakers. LOL.

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      1. LOL. That’s so true. I’ve been thinking of a way to express my feeling subtly but so far I haven’t found a good way. If I express, it is probably considered blunt; if I don’t express, I’m considered dumb. LOL.

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      2. There’s no winning! I was talking to a friend who is also not a native English speaker and we were like we sound harsher because we are so used to speaking more openly and less politely I guess- not sure how to describe it. But people here put a lot of effort into making sure they sound polite.

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  3. Loved the collab and enjoyed reading the answers and the question framing was also in a structured way.
    Yes, people think that we don’t know English when we communicate to a person from a different country. It’s sometimes awkward but you just cannot help and change the mind of the person, you just have to learn and adjust to their dialect!

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  4. I actually work with a few people from Kenya.
    If you like American culture.. you have to admit it’s funny British actors are usually cast to play American southerners because they can adjust to a southern accent easily. The British accents are judged as being intelligent and American southern as not at all..
    I still need to watch Daryl and Tucker Vs Evil because it’s kind of based on what’s mentioned in that interview.

    One of my better “best” friends is a native of Uruguay (english 2nd language) and sometimes dialect becomes an issue where words are confusing.

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    1. Have you ever watched House M.D.? Hugh Laurie is British but he nails the American accent and mannerisms perfectly! Since I have spent a long time in both countries, I can tell when he slips though. Lol

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  5. In America you can travel 100 miles and nothing changes. Here in England if you did that. You’d encounter about 10 totally different accents and different names for the same thing. The most common one being a barm cake, muffin, bread roll, bap, stottie, oven bottom, bara, tea cake batch to name a few 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

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    1. I second that! I was just thinking how here in the West, people think we speak pro’er farmer like, innit? If I spoke Bristolian, my mother wouldn’t let me live to see the light of day! I was always taught to slow down, speak clearly and pronounce my words properly.

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      1. I’m not too sure about the US but I have definitely heard a lot of different accents in Canada depending on what area they are from and the same for Kenya. It’s definitely very interesting

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  6. Great post and interview. Dialects fascinate me! My friends never know what I’m talking about when I mention how differently we all pronounce things. I’m just obsessed with dialect. Mine is a watered down version of the old school Boston dialect. I say “R”s but when I say the “o” sounds like “dog” and “walk” people ask me if I’m from New York. 🙂 Dialects change a lot over the years too. People in the North East and in the Southern US are losing their old dialects, everyone is starting to sound the same, kind of a shame in a way.

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    1. Yeah, you’re right that there is evolution of dialects. I noticed some words from Australia became mainstream in London because of the large Aussie community there. And yeah, it is sad when people start sounding the same

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