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    (Original post by Siddhartha)
    Just learn how to pronounce Harry Potter as the british do, and you're all set
    Well this is coincidental. Just talking to Deus on msn about HP.

    Anyway, yeah, Harry Potter in the American accent majorly annoys me. Harry not Hairry
    i'm not really "from" anywhere--i'm one of those "third culture kids"
    Yeah, that's one reason for not really having any kind of accent. I'm kind of a TCK too...well, I haven't been to many places but I've been exposed to a lot of cultures
    all my "caaaant"s become "cAnt"s
    ...does that make sense? hahahahh.
    it does. ;yes;
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    Never fear!

    I'll pass you off as a duchess at the inaugrual orientation breakfast at Oxford University in three months time!

    Now repeat after me: The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

    :cool:
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    Very funny.
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    How about "The sheik's sixth sheep's sick"?
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    (Original post by HMSChocolate)
    How about "The sheik's sixth sheep's sick"?
    I'm sending you the bill from my tongue specialist. You just put my tongue in a cast for two weeks. :mad:
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    (Original post by Caitlin)
    I'm sending you the bill from my tongue specialist. You just put my tongue in a cast for two weeks. :mad:
    Ooops. Sorry. :p:
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    (Original post by Siddhartha)
    Hi Christian,
    If you say to the folks in Oxford, that you are going there in the "fall", they will not know what you are talking about.
    You are going to a place that is the bastion of Englishness - no americanisms please!!!
    I don't know your IBC, but this just sounds really ignorant to me. Oxford is the bastion of Englishness, but it's also a bastion of intellect, and as such I'd home that it's a bastion of tolerance. You should be able to say anything you want. Now writing is a separate matter (you should always write without colloquiallisms, though I'm lead to believe that fall is permissible...), but the fact that your IBC would want your to shed all your Americanisms before you go to Oxford sounds a little snobbish to me.

    Just my two cents, though.
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    Definitely agree.
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    (Original post by zackinbaltimore)
    I don't know your IBC, but this just sounds really ignorant to me. Oxford is the bastion of Englishness, but it's also a bastion of intellect, and as such I'd home that it's a bastion of tolerance. You should be able to say anything you want. Now writing is a separate matter (you should always write without colloquiallisms, though I'm lead to believe that fall is permissible...), but the fact that your IBC would want your to shed all your Americanisms before you go to Oxford sounds a little snobbish to me.

    Just my two cents, though.
    Im sure the IBC didn't mean that he should suddenly turn British and speak the Queen's English. I'm sure he just meant that some Brits don't associate fall with autumn and it might not click right away that fall was the season. Like if you say "flat" to someone in the US and mean "apartment", I'm sure they'd go, "huh?". Trust me, I've had this happen to me.
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    (Original post by fibiso)
    mmm. i'm british by nationality and chinese by heritage.
    i was born in hongkong, but i've since lived in austria and beijing. but i have family pretty much everywhere.
    i'm not really "from" anywhere--i'm one of those "third culture kids"
    oh is that what we're called?:p:
    I'm usually fear questions like "oh, where you from":wtf?: the answer is soo long, and usually isn't a conversation starter:p:

    @Zack: yea I don't think the IBC meant it as "learn the accent or die!" sense:p: besides I'd never get rid of my americanness:proud: I prefer it much more than the English accent, though I'm from the few who do:p:
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    (Original post by Siddhartha)
    Hello fellow IB graduates.

    As you may have noticed many of us are heading to the UK to study. So how are you doing with learning a little about the British culture?
    Also, I'm a bit intimidated with the whole language issue, since I've been taught American English and thus I use many Americanisms which appear to annoy people from the UK: Fall instead of autumn and guess instead of suppose.
    Any ideas?

    Why try to change: its what they want you to do. I still have my American accent after 4 years living in the UK. The 'whole language issue' is not an issue at all. If you say 'soda' instead of fizzy drinks they still understand the meaning. I refuse to change even though I have recieved anti-American comments from a few people who will gladly wear nike trainers, watch hollywood movies and eat at McDonald's.
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    (Original post by thegreatprocrastinator)
    Why try to change: its what they want you to do. I still have my American accent after 4 years living in the UK. The 'whole language issue' is not an issue at all. If you say 'soda' instead of fizzy drinks they still understand the meaning. I refuse to change even though I have recieved anti-American comments from a few people who will gladly wear nike trainers, watch hollywood movies and eat at McDonald's.
    Those are the chavs? right?:p:

    I've been learning about them:ninja: just to know what the big deal was about :p:
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    (Original post by ~Lc~)
    Those are the chavs? right?:p:

    I've been learning about them:ninja: just to know what the big deal was about :p:
    Sadly, most of them were not chavs. If ever I try to stand up for my opinion on anything, even f it has nothing to do with the USA, I always get this statement hurled at me: 'Well you are American and all of them are self-obsessed.'
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    (Original post by thegreatprocrastinator)
    Sadly, most of them were not chavs. If ever I try to stand up for my opinion on anything, even f it has nothing to do with the USA, I always get this statement hurled at me: 'Well you are American and all of them are self-obsessed.'
    ouch! well, I'd pull the "I did IB, hence I'm smarter than you anyway" card if I were you:p: if they ignorant enough to say that;yes;
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    Arggh, thegreatprocrastinator, I know how you feel! When in France, I'm never allowed to have any opinion on anything, because as soon as I criticize (criticise? lol) anything, their immediate trump card is, "Yeah, but things are even worse in the United States." GRRRR
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    This has become an american love fest

    Well I have a problem with my accent in Australia, even though I have lived in Australia all my life, some people have trouble placing me. It is probably because I have been at a rather insular English style boarding school with a rather large international contingent for most of my life.

    Btw I would understand you if used fall instead of autumn.
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    (Original post by ~Lc~)
    oh is that what we're called?:p:
    I'm usually fear questions like "oh, where you from":wtf?: the answer is soo long, and usually isn't a conversation starter:p:
    Yeah you're a bit of a TCK too aren't you? loool.

    Arggh, thegreatprocrastinator, I know how you feel! When in France, I'm never allowed to have any opinion on anything, because as soon as I criticize (criticise? lol) anything, their immediate trump card is, "Yeah, but things are even worse in the United States." GRRRR
    Yes, criticise!!! :p:

    I stick to my British spelling even though I sometimes do use very American expressions.
    ouch! well, I'd pull the "I did IB, hence I'm smarter than you anyway" card if I were you:tongue: if they ignorant enough to say that;yes;
    that they are.
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    (Original post by HMSChocolate)
    Yeah you're a bit of a TCK too aren't you? loool.
    Yes, criticise!!! :p:

    I stick to my British spelling even though I sometimes do use very American expressions.


    that they are.
    yea I am a tad HMS:p:

    and I stick to my American spelling, with the whole critisize thing;yes; though I like to write colour instead of color:dontknow:
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    and I stick to my American spelling, with the whole critisize thing though I like to write colour instead of color
    that's bad. they want you to be consistent at uni. (or really, anywhere)

    my uni insists on Brit spelling anyway. I mean they wouldn't penalise you if you use American spelling but I think they frown on it.
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    (Original post by HMSChocolate)
    that's bad. they want you to be consistent at uni. (or really, anywhere)

    my uni insists on Brit spelling anyway. I mean they wouldn't penalise you if you use American spelling but I think they frown on it.
    :hmmmm: I wonder if a british Uni would prefer british spelling:hmmmm:

    :p:
 
 
 

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