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What's a bread roll?

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That's what my wife, a French speaker, said. She had no clue what I was talking about. When I explained, she said, "Oh! You mean a bread."
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Re: Which English do you speak?

The first time I went to Nigeria, my - highly educated and totally used to speaking "proper" English - brother in law said to me: "You talk like a white".

That took me by surprise for a moment


'A white' is a Brit.
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For the Brits, which regional accent?
After living here for nearly twenty years, and outside of my 'home' area for the fifteen before that, I don't really have a regional accent as such, but of course my correct pronunciation of words like bath, grass and smash gives away my midlands roots.

When I do go back to Derby to visit family I'm often astounded at the accent and find it hard to believe that I ever thought of it as normal.
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Re: Which English do you speak?

Singlish
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Old 06.11.2019, 22:14
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Singlish
Singapore English = Singlish
Swiss English = Swinglish
Swedish English = Swenglish

They are all slightly different. Your call?
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Old 06.11.2019, 22:17
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God's own English... Yorkshire!


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What does that make Lancashire then, Yorkshire dialect´s weird uncle you keep locked up in the attic?
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Singapore English = Singlish
Swiss English = Swinglish
Swedish English = Swenglish

They are all slightly different. Your call?

swinglish = lifestyle
singlish = lifestyle lah
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Old 06.11.2019, 22:20
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What does that make Lancashire then, Yorkshire dialect´s weird uncle you keep locked up in the attic?
Pretty much, yes.
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swinglish = lifestyle
singlish = lifestyle lah
It’s like usage of word “lekker” ...

Baie lekker!
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I'm going to say I speak Indian-English so I can be called a racist by certain forum members.

But I suppose the lesser, and so much more modern evil is that I might also get accused of cultural appropriation.

But, in truth, I don't have a regional accent.
Still going on about this weeks later? In truth I’d forgotten all about it.

Sounds like you have a fully clear conscience about it, though.
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Re: Which English do you speak?

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After living here for nearly twenty years, and outside of my 'home' area for the fifteen before that, I don't really have a regional accent as such, but of course my correct pronunciation of words like bath, grass and smash gives away my midlands roots.

When I do go back to Derby to visit family I'm often astounded at the accent and find it hard to believe that I ever thought of it as normal.

"Posh" Derby, unlike Swadlincote!
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Re: Which English do you speak?

Fife with a twist because I lived in London for 20 years and picked up a lot of different things. Extended family say they can tell I was in London for a long time. OH is an EastEnder but you wouldn't know it as he doesn't have a cockney accent, it's more estuary English. He went to a boys' technical school in the 70s and they used to get whacked if they spoke with cockney accents. Quite right as well, his family sound like the assembled cast of Albert Square and it's chavvy.
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Re: Which English do you speak?

I like to think I speak proper English too (whatever that is in 2019)
British schooling in Hong Kong (pre-riots, pre-china days)
Uni in London then coming to Zurich - had to learn hochdeutsch - after 9 years in ZH - and calling home to my parents one day my dad commented
"you know you speak English with a German accent now"

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Re: Which English do you speak?

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That's what my wife, a French speaker, said. She had no clue what I was talking about. When I explained, she said, "Oh! You mean a bread."
A round small bread?

Aren't they called Brötchen in the German speaking part?
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Re: Which English do you speak?

I've been here so long that my English is RP (English for foreigners ), most of the time. When nattering with my work colleague from Bolton, slight traces of my Cheshire accent can be heard.

Best heard when spoken by Blaster Bates

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A round small bread?

Aren't they called Brötchen in the German speaking part?
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Isn’t the way you refer to a bread roll supposed to indicate your origins (in the UK anyway)?
Yup. Home town says "cob", new place "barm". Is very wrong.

Rolls, baps, tea cakes, stottie, bread cakes, morning rolls


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"Posh" Derby, unlike Swadlincote!
Not far from where I used to live.


I've a fairly neutral accent with Derbyshire flat vowels. I sound a bit different to the accent of my home town, sound hopelessly northern to the southern lot.

OH has lived everywhere, is originally posh Edinburgh and so is basically RP. My eldest, to quote her linguist grandad, has "vowels all over the place".
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Re: Which English do you speak?

https://www.pinterest.ca/C_Helvetica/swiss-bread/

Take your pick
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At the bridge table here in Switzerland, I keep saying "What to lead lah"? - if there is no decent lead for me to make and everyone at the table looks at me as if I am deranged...
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At the bridge table here in Switzerland, I keep saying "What to lead lah"? - if there is no decent lead for me to make and everyone at the table looks at me as if I am deranged...

lol.. I do the same at the mahjong table...


you need to replace your lah with oder? now
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