Friday, November 9, 2012

My war of independence with American English


My voice is my identity. In a foreign land it defines me. I open my mouth and people know where I am from. I’ve been in America for over a year now and it looks like I will be here for the foreseeable but I have one major fear: Americanisms.
I’m not knocking the way our American friends speak. Good luck to them. But I’m from Reading in England. And I want to sound as if I’m from Reading in England. More

1 comment:

Phil Mahnken said...

"... noticing the tension in the room". Isn't that the definition par excellence of intolerance? That you will not even hear what anyone has to say who disagrees with you or is different from you? Of course, rankling at a foreign accent, refusing to understand someone not adept in exactly your version of your language is the old tag of bigotry from ancient days (of shibboleths and such.)