Pip Pip! Cheerio!

Those are some typical phrases when you’re British, right? This always makes my giggle! I’m never offended when people come out with the stereotypical phrases, it’s like saying “Throw another shrimp on the barby!” to an Australian. It’s kind of silly, but it falls into the realm of yet another worn out stereotype.

I’ve been thinking lately that I’ve been loosing my accent. It’s never been the typical British accent, or even close to the accents of those from my home town, but it’s a British accent none the less. As my childhood was spent moving between England and Canada my accent changed depending on the continent I inhabited at the time. It shaped my accent into something hybrid but leaning more towards British.

I have a tendency to emulate people and I find my accent slipping away with sharper r’s, stronger vowels and dropped consonants. I automatically slow down so people can understand me more clearly. And when I speak to family via Skype, it’s like that has been all washed away, I’m pulled back to the high speed, blunt vowels, drawn out consonants and rounded r,’s without missing a beat!

I’ve noticed more so lately though that I keep the Americanized pronunciations flowing, it’s becoming natural to me. It’s becoming more common place in my interactions with people, so much so that I rarely get asked where I’m from anymore. It’s all good! I do tend to use a lot of words that may not be usual with Calvin and it makes me smile when he recognizes that when mommy says “Donnies!” I means his hands!

This video always makes me laugh! This is the Black Country alphabet, if you ever wondered what the dialect of my hometown was, this pretty much sums it up!

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