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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru, 610 posts) 18 Dec '08 14:48

I'm American and I suppose I have an american accent and start everysentence with yo! DUDE!

but now I find myself saying all sorts of crazy things like....

Heaps, proper, good on ya!, mate, she's grand, she's a sound lass, yous a fookin saint, fookin ell, and I end every sentence with "aye?"

also I don't hear it but my friends here at home say I ask questions differently...something with the tone in my voice.

please tell me some of you europeans have started saying dude, yo, and nah more...and not just to make fun of us!

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru, 5924 posts) 18 Dec '08 23:06

after hanging around with a lot of italians i started to say yesterday night instead of last night but other then that it was just slight accent changes,.....................except lately i'm now saying some of my numbers backwords but thats because the translations on tv are generally wrong with numbers , ....thats the dutch influence instead of saying 28 they would say 8 and 20, so sometimes it will be translated as 82 if its picked up wrong

no real lingo changes i should listen more i do normally get other people telling each other to be nice though

going by the "grand / sound / fookin " have you by any chance been hanging around with Irish ???? after all the craic is grand ol' laugh !!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2008, at 11:11 PM by Rraven ]

3. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member, 62 posts) 19 Dec '08 00:46

oh i'm such a lingo tart... I started saying 'Soda' (instead of soft drink) and 'Trash' (instead of rubbish) after being in the U.S. for like half a second... It got so bad I was actually mistaken for a north American... thankfully a Canadian! but still...

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 19 Dec '08 00:48

i've started saying 'no worries' since I've been living in NZ but haven't started putting 'eh' at the end of sentences yet :)

As I work in IT I have had to start pronouncing router in the kiwi way, which makes me cringe every time I say it but if I say it the English way people laugh because of the meaning of the word 'root' here.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 19 Dec '08 05:59

On our last trip, a guy from Montreal--where I've lived my whole life--actually asked if I was irish. I guess I've been picking up Neal's lilt and do that sing-song thing when I talk sometimes.

I haven't resorted to saying "aye" yet, though...

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 19 Dec '08 06:03

Quoting bex76

As I work in IT I have had to start pronouncing router in the kiwi way, which makes me cringe every time I say it but if I say it the English way people laugh because of the meaning of the word 'root' here.

LOL!!! When my sister first moved to NZ, she had an interview her first week there. The guy interviewing her told her a little about the company, and said he had to go pitch for new business that afternoon. So to encourage him and show her support, she said "I'm rooting for you!". I think he finally explained why he was laughing when he could catch his breath.

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 19 Dec '08 08:34

Quoting bex76

As I work in IT I have had to start pronouncing router in the kiwi way, which makes me cringe every time I say it but if I say it the English way people laugh because of the meaning of the word 'root' here.

When I first saw the term in my secondary school years (5th-6th form), I pronounced it as roo-ter too. Then one day, I saw an application form for leased-line connection which specifically advised applicants that the correct way to pronounce it was "row-ter" and not "roo-ter". And since then, I changed to calling it "row-ter". I think because most, if not all, network equipment manufacturers are American companies, they influenced the pronunciation of the term in most other countries. Earlier this year, I saw a broadband ad on UK television. That guy pronounced it the way British do, and it made me smile thinking back 10 years ago. :)

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 19 Dec '08 10:18

Not a native speaker who speaks 4 other languages, living in the UK for a year now, currently working with Americans, and being a typical Malaysian, I have all accents mixed up. Nowadays, one minute I thought I had a bit of British accent, and the next minute a bit like American, but most of the time I don't even know what accent I had. And it's definitely not the typical Malaysian English – Manglish, as we call it – either!

9. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru, 610 posts) 19 Dec '08 11:14

Quoting Rraven

after hanging around with a lot of italians i started to say yesterday night instead of last night but other then that it was just slight accent changes,.....................except lately i'm now saying some of my numbers backwords but thats because the translations on tv are generally wrong with numbers , ....thats the dutch influence instead of saying 28 they would say 8 and 20, so sometimes it will be translated as 82 if its picked up wrong

no real lingo changes i should listen more i do normally get other people telling each other to be nice though

going by the "grand / sound / fookin " have you by any chance been hanging around with Irish ???? after all the craic is grand ol' laugh !!

Haha yeah...I dated an irish girl for a while and most of my friends while travelling were irish... I know all about the craic. I assumed they liked me cause I didn't ask them to repeat everything they said...haha.

10. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru, 610 posts) 19 Dec '08 11:23

Quoting karlyfu

oh i'm such a lingo tart... I started saying 'Soda' (instead of soft drink) and 'Trash' (instead of rubbish) after being in the U.S. for like half a second... It got so bad I was actually mistaken for a north American... thankfully a Canadian! but still...

Thankfully a Canadian! THANKFULLY?!!!! awww! booo! hissss! Take it back!

I actually did say bin and bin-liner (instead of trash and trash-bag) a few times while in NZ.

I will never say tomato like a european though. or pasta...