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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Do travellers pick your nationality as soon as you speak?

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I have never been picked out for my nationality but that could be because I have this really weird Icelandic/American/Australian accent that nobody can pinpoint.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

an Irish person could pick I was from Ireland but not necessarily that I was a Dub ( thank goodness for that ! ) but when travelling they normally guess somewhere in Britain, or America ..... my boyfriend is Dutch but is normally mistaken for Germans or Western European....

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

People can pick my aussie accent, but I can pick everyone elses; I can even tell the difference between Canadian and American.

I like the Irish accent the most.

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

we love aussie accents and the people too

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Second that;)

7. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

Almost never, and i have never figured out why. Even at home in Oz people asked where in England i was from. I have been picked as South African, Californian, Enlgish and Kiwi (understandable)and even Irish, possibly because i have a tendency to pick up accents very quickly so my own is now some kind of weird mutant monster of an accent.

Since i spend most my time in South London now, there is a chronic London influence. I caught myself saying 'You wot?' and dropping pointless 'Yeah?'s into my sentences and decided i need to take serious action to recover my native accent. I am now searching for the full DVD set of The Crocodile Hunter, which i will then watch non-stop until i get my nasal drawl back.

8. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Never had the accent problem.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting james

I can even tell the difference between Canadian and American.

Can you, really? That's fantastic. Except in cases where the accent is really, really clear(Newfoundland, Boston, southern States, etc.), it's usually pretty hard to tell.

In France people knew off the bat I was "une petite Canadienne" but when I speak English I'm usually mistaken for an American.

On a related note, I told a Kiwi that his accent was indistinguishable from an Aussie's and jeez, did I get the third degree...

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I've never yet been picked correctly (probably because my accent isn't Welsh) and when i do tell them, often then get a blank face and spend the next 30mins trying to explain Wales to somebody that's never heard of it before, which happens surprisingly often.

Have been picked out as an astonising array of nationalities, some of which i have no idea how they even came up with it, and also once somehow (no, i really have no idea how) managed to pass myself off as an egyptian for a fortnight, for a bet...

I'm often picked as British though, even if most of them start with English....