Reverse Pronunciation Problems?
Posted on November 6, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
I want to expand on the baah-sil issue that Yankeebean started. Sometimes in my outreach work I conduct some healthy eating demos. So I spend quite a bit of time talking about food. I learned very quickly that in order not to repeat myself or constantly answer questions about home (which does sometimes make me homesick) it is easier to use British pronunciation. So I do say “baah-sil” and I say “tomahtoes”. I even pronounce my name differently because people don’t fully hear it unless I emphasise a certain part of it.
But what happens when I spend time back home? My American friends and family make fun of me for my “British accent”. I promise I’m not trying to be British, or cool, or bring attention to the fact that I live somewhere else. I just forget to translate my words into American English. Even on this blog I struggle deciding whether to spell in English or American.
Does anyone else experience this?