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Annobel Sat 16-Jul-11 06:48:29

As a Scot exiled for 46 years, I know my accent has been modified though still recognisable as Scottish. My DSs think I don't have an accent but they have been brought up listening to me. When I cross the Border (as I will do next Friday - Hooray!) I believe my accent becomes more broadly Scottish. What is your experience?

Baggy Sat 16-Jul-11 14:19:38

GA, all my kids read (past tense; don't know if they still do but it wouldn't surprise me) dictionaries for fun. I've got a photo of DD3 when she had fallen asleep with her cheek on her children's dictiionary and her thumb in her mouth, aged about seven. I think kids who really love reading can't get enough words sometimes!

jangly Sat 16-Jul-11 14:25:39

's alright *greenmosgiel', I already split it. (me me me! blush)

Gally Sat 16-Jul-11 17:28:58

Back on track.
I've been in Scotland for more than 30 years and people still say ' you haven't got a scottish accent have you?' - why should I, I spent the first 30 years of my life with a very English accent and no reason to change; however I have picked up a load of colloquialisms in order to get by. My daughter who has a broad Australian accent and was bred but not born north of the border, was told today that she would still pass for a Scot. Mr Gally who has worked in Scotland for 35 years still can't get to grips with any accent other than his own - but he's a man. (no offence Pompa!). I think it's all in the ears of the beholder...

goldengirl Sat 16-Jul-11 21:44:53

Being brought up on the Isle of Wight I began to acquire an Island accent which horrified my mother who promptly packed me off to elocution classes! DH had a Liverpudlian accent when he first came to London, but he's lost that too and apart from 'baath' rather than 'barth' I don't think you would guess his - or my - origins. Is this a good or a bad thing do you think? Would we have been judged by our accents when we were applying for jobs 50 years ago?

Joan Sun 17-Jul-11 07:37:54

Growing up in industrial West Yorkshire I have a broad accent, which Heckmondwike Grammar School tried and failed to eradicate. I've been out of Yorkshire 35 years but being married to a Yorkshireman I still have my accent. Unless you try to lose it, you usually keep your own accent if you move away after puberty. It's the same with acquiring a second language - if you move to a new language area before puberty, you'll pick up the new language naturally - afterwards you have to learn it, and may always have a bit of an accent.

My two sons speak with Australian accents of course, but one, a high school teacher, is really posh, the other is not. Same schools, same everything - one of life's mysteries.

I used to speak German with a very posh accent, because I lived with an academic Viennese family for 18 months and they corrected every mistake or any 'Wienerisch' until I was fluent. I did notice that you often get treated better when you sound posh.

I used to lose my Yorkshire accent for a short time when I came home from Austria. This happened when I met my in-laws to be. I had met my husband in the January, but had already arranged a job in Vienna from Jan-April. We wrote and got together when I got back, decided to get married and meet the families. Well, I was still at that post-German speaking phase, sounded accentless and never quite got forgiven for it!!!

Annobel Sun 17-Jul-11 09:17:36

Good points, Joan. We moved around various areas before we reached the North West and my sons speak with an indefinable accent, uninfluenced, thankfully, by seven years in West Norfolk. Mine is indefinable Scottish because my parents corrected us if we ever sounded broad Ayrshire which is a very 'drawly' accent.

pinkprincess Sun 17-Jul-11 20:49:58

My sister left the North East nearly forty years ago to live in London.She still speaks with a broad Geordie accent.Her two children, who were aged 5 and 2
when they went with her, speak broad cockney of course, but consider themselves Geordie by birth.
My grandmother who like the rest of us was Geordie born and bred, could also speak broad Northumbrian, which is different from a Geordie accent.Both of her parents had come from ''up the country'' as she called it so she had been brought up listening to their accents.She normally spoke Geordie, but when she went to stay with her Northumbrian cousins she would start speaking with their accent and then go back to Geordie as soon as she came home.It used to drive my grandfather mad.

harrigran Sun 17-Jul-11 22:40:07

My sister left the north east 43 years ago, to live in Germany, and people still can't tell us apart on the phone.

janreb Mon 18-Jul-11 11:10:50

My family were born and brought up in Birmingham, my sister has lived in Australia for 48 years, my brother for 28 and they both still have their midland accents. I left Birmingham 20 years ago and still have the accent, if a little softer now (so I am told). However a few weeks ago I was asked by someone who didn't know me how long ago I left Australia!!!