filed in Uncategorized on May.24, 2004
I was just thinking about how strange accents can be. A few months ago a woman came into the cafe who had a Scottish, Irish, or Welsh accent (I can’t tell the difference, sorry), and she couldn’t understand what I was saying when I said “thirteen.” Even when I said it more slowly she couldn’t understand. She kind of knew I was saying 13, but I had to say “one three” for her to be sure. It was a very strange experience for me, because I never thought that a native English speaker would have trouble understanding an American accent. I wish there was some way I could hear what my accent sounds like to other people.