Moderating an accent

Discussion in 'SMB' started by George Kaplan, May 16, 2018.

  1. George Kaplan

    George Kaplan Winger

    Ive been working in Scotland (look at me, pathetic etc) with people from mostly Scotland but also from elsewhere. I was leading a discussion about something or other and we got talking about accents.

    One lass (from the South of England) said the only accent she had a problem with was ‘County Durham’. She said when it was too ‘thick’ she just couldn’t understand. It influenced how she approached people from that area. When asked about ‘Geordie’ she was a bit unclear but still insisted that ‘County Durham’ was more difficult.

    I was bemused. I’ve had long years of experience dealing with and communicating with people from all over Europe and beyond. I know I moderate my accent when I need to but I was confused about the whole group - non of whom I’d met before - failing to recognise my accent.

    Sharing my County Durham origins and heritage then utterly confused THEM!

    Now most people DO recognise my accent. Was it something to do with everyone else being Scottish or Southern. Is accent recognition relative?
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  2. garyswc

    garyswc Striker

    Come again mate?
  3. Unlikely, he's knacked after all that.
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  4. Paws 4 Thought

    Paws 4 Thought Full Back

    I am from the South and struggle mostly with Scottish, Irish and some Geordies, e.g. Albert on Total Sport.
  5. George Kaplan

    George Kaplan Winger

    If anybody’s looking for a theme in my posts (yeah, I know) you’ll find they get longer and more meandering when on a very long, boring train journey. :)
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  6. wash

    wash Midfield

    Ooh look at me I can afford etc etc:lol::lol:
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  7. garyswc

    garyswc Striker

    This lass from the south sounds like she's trying to mess with your mind, she after your job by any chance?
  8. George Kaplan

    George Kaplan Winger

    I’m not paying. (Look at me, I travel stupid distances and I have a job. Pathetic etc)

    She was gazing at my crotch a lot. Does this mean anything. (I checked my zip btw)
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  9. garyswc

    garyswc Striker

    All part of her strategy I would suggest, definitely trying to unsettle you. Or she's after you in a different way but has really poor chat up lines.
  10. I moderate mine as I work a lot on the phone, need to make sure everyone understands me etc - especially that London lot :lol:.
  11. Son of Stan

    Son of Stan Winger

    :lol: I used to work with a bloke who constantly checked his zip whenever he had to talk to me. I was never looking at his crotch. Never! :lol:

    Strangely I've had huge difficulty trying to understand a woman I recently worked with who is Scottish - but she speaks very quickly which is more the problem I think.
  12. Ludwig

    Ludwig Midfield Contributor

    Was she eating Jellied eels then going aht.. or going aht aht ?
  13. richyrich

    richyrich Full Back

    I switch to "yeah" instead of "aye" whenever I'm in London. They also look at me funny when I ask for batter on my chips.
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  14. dom

    dom Striker

    Is this the Robson Green thread?
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  15. Mine is stronger than Ian Holloway.
    Now get off my land.
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  16. castoff

    castoff Winger

    Had a contractor from Barnsley working at our place a while back and couldn't understand a fkn word he said.
  17. :lol:
  18. Dave Herbal

    Dave Herbal Striker

    I once got a lift home from Space in Ibiza off some random passer by, and I was talking to him in very pronounced and measured tones to make sure he could understand my accent. We were halfway home before someone pointed out he wasn’t Spanish, he was actually Irish and could understand us perfectly well. In my defence I was too busy examining the clouds to notice.

    Rafa Baneeeetez
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  19. Qwerty

    Qwerty Winger

    Na such thing as a County Durham accent. Huge difference in Consett and Darlington accents.
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  20. It sounds like this woman finds you a bit creepy and is trying to make an excuse not to talk to you ?

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