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That's how I remember my visit in London

I mean the classic spoken British, it's called British RP I think, already put a strain on my ears but what I had heard in London was another league

It's just "RP" (Received Pronunciation) and it's just the stereotypical "Queen's" or BBC accent - an accent that is considered quite neutral, but isn't really.

In London you'd have heard all sorts, all at once. But what BA wrote was a northern dialect.

Where I come from, older generations still say thee and tha instead of you and yours, and words like "cantin" for talking and "gosterin'" for laughing really hard are not uncommon. And "nesh" for someone who feels cold when others do not.
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Where I come from, older generations still say thee and tha instead of you and yours, and words like "cantin" for talking and "gosterin'" for laughing really hard are not uncommon. And "nesh" for someone who feels cold when others do not.
Yes , the trick is that when I hear someone speaking like that I assume it's just an accent, and my brain connects meaning with similar-sounding phrases
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Old 12.03.2019, 09:08
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It's just "RP" (Received Pronunciation) and it's just the stereotypical "Queen's" or BBC accent - an accent that is considered quite neutral, but isn't really.

In London you'd have heard all sorts, all at once. But what BA wrote was a northern dialect.

Where I come from, older generations still say thee and tha instead of you and yours, and words like "cantin" for talking and "gosterin'" for laughing really hard are not uncommon. And "nesh" for someone who feels cold when others do not.
My husband who is from the south had real problems understanding my father when we first met and if he was talking to one of the local farmers he might as well have been speaking Chinese as far as my husband was concerned.

My mother in law used to say ‘jawing’ for talking, I’d never heard that until I met her.
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I used to assume EF is a place for residents of Switzerland who can communicate in English and don't comfortably speak one of the official languages.

However, I see more than often some very UK-specific terminology used here, and even worse, it seems everybody knows what they mean except me

This made me wonder actually how many EF users are actually British or English. Does anybody know?

P.S. Not that it changes anything or even matters that much. Just curiosity!

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I'm Swiss (sorry this was a lame way to out myself for becoming officially swiss now...)
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My husband who is from the south had real problems understanding my father when we first met and if he was talking to one of the local farmers he might as well have been speaking Chinese as far as my husband was concerned.

My mother in law used to say ‘jawing’ for talking, I’d never heard that until I met her.
Guess Jawing is older usage as in Chruchills quote jaw jaw is better than war war
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