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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    Language has two functions -- to communicate, and to keep other from understanding what you are saying. Hence the development of High, Middle and Low English and German.
    To make English unintelligible to the English, add a Scottish, Geordie or American accent!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    To make English unintelligible to the English, add a Scottish, Geordie or American accent!

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    Sometimes I wonder what other people here sound like, what their accents are, and how a face-to-face conversation with them would be. I grew up in Sweden, and when we learned English in school we early on had to choose whether we were going to use British English or American English. I chose British English since it seemed more applicable, and I spoke that way well into my 20s. At age 26 I began speaking to more Americans, and just drifted into an American accent, which is easier to do while being a Minnesota resident.
    If I could do it all over again, I'd like to have a Scottish accent. A mild one... It's music to my ears.
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    Some friends of my youngest son who are from Newcastle who have very strong regional accents, who I admit have some trouble understanding most of the time are a rock band who recently were touring the U.S. and they had great difficulty making themselves understood, and had to write things down to do so, they said they felt like Martians
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    To make English unintelligible to the English, add a Scottish, Geordie or American accent!


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    Actually in the last 15 years or so Scottish and Irish have become the most desirable accents for the English TV, film, media, ads etc. I think this all started with Ewan McGregor and trainspotting.

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    I dislike the word "Bromoil."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixcinater View Post
    I dislike the word "Bromoil."
    What do you suggest as an alternative word to describe this technique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    What do you suggest as an alternative word to describe this technique?

    After much deep though...sismoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Sometimes I wonder what other people here sound like
    All of us here in England sound jut like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    we early on had to choose whether we were going to use British English or American English. I chose British English
    A good choice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Sometimes I wonder what other people here sound like, what their accents are, and how a face-to-face conversation with them would be.
    I guess a native speaker does not enjoy listening to my accent.
    (Meanwhile there are a lot of Germans speaking without a german accent. I'd say: a case of self-denial.)


    A german CEO once was told by a native speaker. "You speak the best broken English I've heard"...

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    Some accents just grow into place; take Arnold Schwarzenegger who had an accent which was initially dismissed as wrong in the film industry and is now one of the greatest.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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