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Brits, Yanks slur their words?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
4 Jun 2010  #1
Ever hear a Pole or any other non-native tell you that Brits and Americans swallow their endings, slur their words, jabber away at break-neck speed and pepper their speech with too much unintelligible slang, makling their chatter hard to understand. Why don't they speak clearly and distinctly the way an Italian, Lithuanian or Arab does when speakling English? Do you feel English is spoken at a faster rapid-fire rate than other languages? Is there more slang? How would you reply to a foreigner asking the above quiestions?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
4 Jun 2010  #2
How would you reply to a foreigner asking the above quiestions?

Itsh your r-r-round, Gesh me ah beer.
frd 7 | 1,399
4 Jun 2010  #3
Is there more slang? How would you reply to a foreigner asking the above quiestions?

Your average Pole has got more possibilities of hearing english banter than hearing italian banter hence the flawed thinking.
internaldialog 4 | 145
4 Jun 2010  #4
jabber away at break-neck speed

this could be said about Polish speakers as well ... ;)

Is there more slang?

Yes but thats the case in every language

Why don't they speak clearly and distinctly the way an Italian, Lithuanian or Arab does when speakling English?

That's due to the methods of teaching it could be monotone taught or one would perhaps prefer that one speaks with ones silver spoon on their palate. But ask an Italian, Lithuanian or an Arab then why they speak their English in such a manner

Do you feel English is spoken at a faster rapid-fire rate than other languages?

no (even if im a British native speaker) all languages have a F1 speedometer on the go

Itsh your r-r-round, Gesh me ah beer.

The thread title did conjure up this vision but i dont slur anything my accent is quite distant and strong but i dont use slang that much nor do i type in lazy language ie: text speak
urszula 1 | 253
4 Jun 2010  #5
Why don't they speak clearly and distinctly the way an Italian, Lithuanian or Arab does when speakling English

Oh please no! Can't take their accents! They are horrible at speaking English and that's how you can tell them apart from the real thing. We got the Boston English style, New York, Southern, Western and Mid-western. We all speak differently and If they don't like the way we natives talk, then that's their problem. We ain't gonna change our way of talking to accomodate some illegal fukker.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
4 Jun 2010  #6
Some slur and some don't. Alcohol plays its part too :)
frd 7 | 1,399
4 Jun 2010  #7
That's pretty strange because after drinking a proper amount I always though I actually understand more, moreover people I spoke with always said my accent is better hehe
A J 4 | 1,088
4 Jun 2010  #8
How would you reply to a foreigner asking the above quiestions?

My advice: Don't ask 'em that, unless you wanna be as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party.

;)

If they don't like the way we natives talk, then that's their problem.

I sure hope to be kicked to death by a bunch of grasshoppers if it ain't the truth!

The thread title did conjure up this vision but i dont slur anything my accent is quite distant and strong but i dont use slang that much nor do i type in lazy language ie: text speak

Hey, nobody ever drowned in sweat so I ain't never gonna be lazy, no ma'am.

xD
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
4 Jun 2010  #9
We don't slur our words more than any other peoples from around the the world. The reason other non-natives seem to speak so clearly is because usually they are trying never to make any mistakes and speaking with that god awful Queen's English accent that they are taught. That's a sign that they aren't native by the way. When they pronounce "My mother and my brother....ect" in an almost exact copy of what people thought the English sounded like in 1920 :D
A J 4 | 1,088
4 Jun 2010  #10
awful Queen's English accent.

Innit!

;)

A-J (Yeh bruv!)
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
4 Jun 2010  #11
Innit!

oh I hate that word as well! :)

Gees a gobble ya dobber ;)
A J 4 | 1,088
4 Jun 2010  #12
oh I hate that word as well! :)

Oi bruv, don't make me blaps you up!

;)

A-J (You dunno!)
internaldialog 4 | 145
4 Jun 2010  #13
Gees a gobble ya dobber ;)

Oi bruv, don't make me blaps you up!

pair of you take that --- Theur orl want ta quit as theur doun't kna li' wha' theur are orl callin abaht?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
4 Jun 2010  #14
Let em quit, tor braw a eftirnoon fir thit pish ;0

Edit; I haven't yet mastered this fecked up Stirlingshire accent..eh....eh....eh
*pulls trigger on the gun pointed at his head*
A J 4 | 1,088
4 Jun 2010  #15
pair of you take that

What did I do?

orl want ta quit as theur doun't kna li' wha' theur are orl callin abaht?

Yes, yes I do. (To everything you're asking for aslong as you keep talking like that!)

;P
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
4 Jun 2010  #16
How would you reply to a foreigner asking the above quiestions?

Fook off! Is that clearn enough? Not quite what one could call the Queens English but close enough.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
4 Jun 2010  #17
Interesting point. How has English pronunciation changed sicne 1920? Or Polish for that matter? Except for the hard £.


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