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    Someone from an ethnic minority (for however long they'll still be called that) speaks good English?

    I myself am from an ethnic minority but I still get super surprised when someone starts speaking English well without an accent. When they're older, not my generation. People seem surprised when I speak though...

    Like my uncle got married to someone, who's ethnicity isn't white British and she speaks without an accent and quite well and I just found it weird.
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      (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
      Someone from an ethnic minority (for however long they'll still be called that) speaks good English?

      I myself am from an ethnic minority but I still get super surprised when someone starts speaking English well without an accent. When they're older, not my generation. People seem surprised when I speak though...

      Like my uncle got married to someone, who's ethnicity isn't white British and she speaks without an accent and quite well and I just found it weird.
      Do you know what a European accent sounds like?
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      Mate I got more confused than surprised when people who are from Newcastle/Liverpool talk to me I thought they were speaking in a different language lmao.
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      Ummm no.
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      Not really unless they're 40+
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      (Original post by arfah)
      Do you know what a European accent sounds like?
      Depends where they're from in Europe, no?

      (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
      Mate I got more confused than surprised when people who are from Newcastle/Liverpool talk to me I thought they were speaking in a different language lmao.
      Lmao, I dunno, my face is just like :eek: when I see dark Asians speaking English
      (Original post by ldsbabe)
      Ummm no.
      Just me then lol
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        (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
        Depends where they're from in Europe, no?



        Lmao, I dunno, my face is just like :eek: when I see dark Asians speaking English


        Just me then lol
        I'm from Holland, I've been told I have a European accent Trying to find out what that is exactly
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        English is practiced/taught more in other countries e.g. France, my French exchage spoke excellent English at 16 and after time at a French lycée I found that languages, especially English, have a much higher focus in foreign countries than MFLs in England. Such a shame (not sarcasm btw I love languages)
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        YES! I thought I was the only one (I felt a bit bad because it seems a little racist, singling out other ethnicities and getting surprised when the don't fit the stereotype) but in London there were a lot of 30+, 40+ people with a clear British accent, I don't know why I got so surprised but I'm from Ireland and we hardly had any immigrants since about only 10 years ago.
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        Well no?
        Depends in what area you're from I guess


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        (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
        Depends where they're from in Europe, no?



        Lmao, I dunno, my face is just like :eek: when I see dark Asians speaking English


        Just me then lol

        I see the point you are waking, but nowadays everyone speaks English apart from LEDC's in Africa and parts of South America.

        Funny time - once I was on the aeroplane and talked in basic chinese(or tried to) to a chinaman, to which he responded, "Dude, I am from Birmingham" - cue my awkwardness and trying to avoid him whilst at departures lmao
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        (Original post by arfah)
        I'm from Holland, I've been told I have a European accent Trying to find out what that is exactly
        Hmmmm... My friend had a Dutch accent and it was definitely obvious she had one.

        (Original post by pseudonymegg)
        English is practiced/taught more in other countries e.g. France, my French exchage spoke excellent English at 16 and after time at a French lycée I found that languages, especially English, have a much higher focus in foreign countries than MFLs in England. Such a shame (not sarcasm btw I love languages)
        I think we should be taught MFLs from primary school. But I mean countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, less so China.

        (Original post by AlexKay99)
        YES! I thought I was the only one (I felt a bit bad because it seems a little racist, singling out other ethnicities and getting surprised when the don't fit the stereotype) but in London there were a lot of 30+, 40+ people with a clear British accent, I don't know why I got so surprised but I'm from Ireland and we hardly had any immigrants since about only 10 years ago.
        :lol: same!

        I can imagine it more surprising in Ireland. Do you know any ethnics (probably not pc) with Irish accents?
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        Not really, unless they're 60+. I know plenty of people just shy of that age who were born and bred here.

        People do find it surprising that I have a "regular" accent, though it's largely justified as I grew up abroad. :horse:
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        (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
        I see the point you are waking, but nowadays everyone speaks English apart from LEDC's in Africa and parts of South America.

        Funny time - once I was on the aeroplane and talked in basic chinese(or tried to) to a chinaman, to which he responded, "Dude, I am from Birmingham" - cue my awkwardness and trying to avoid him whilst at departures lmao
        Lol that's funny

        Old Africans with no accents is surprising to me too...
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        I don't find it very surprising or weird, I do think it's a great thing however. I really appreciate well-spoken individuals (I love the pure, well-spoken, proper English accent), I aspire to become like them one day. I'm not a native speaker, and although I don't have a strong accent (certainly no detectable regional accent at that), it's immediately obvious that I didn't speak the language since birth but rather acquired it later on in life. Sentence structure, tone of voice, pronunciation, grammar and variety in vocabulary can certainly do with a huge improvement.
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        (Original post by Stinkum)
        I don't find it very surprising or weird, I do think it's a great thing however. I really appreciate well-spoken individuals (I love the pure, well-spoken, proper English accent), I aspire to become like them one day. I'm not a native speaker, and although I don't have a strong accent (certainly no detectable regional accent at that), it's immediately obvious that I didn't speak the language since birth but rather acquired it later on in life. Sentence structure, tone of voice, pronunciation, grammar and variety in vocabulary can certainly do with a huge improvement.
        I think we're in need of some vocaroos.

        When I read, I put on* this English accent... When I speak it's a lot welsher

        *when I say put on, I don't mean to, its just how I read
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        The only thing that gets is when someone looks like they have never been in England before but then speak perfect English and with a English accent.
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        (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
        Lol that's funny

        Old Africans with no accents is surprising to me too...
        I don't have an accent thankfully, but when talking amongst Americans I can kind of hear it - sounds a bit cool tbh haha

        Mostly Hispanics and Indians have the heaviest accents with English not being their first language if you see what I am saying
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        (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
        I see the point you are waking, but nowadays everyone speaks English apart from LEDC's in Africa and parts of South America.

        Funny time - once I was on the aeroplane and talked in basic chinese(or tried to) to a chinaman, to which he responded, "Dude, I am from Birmingham" - cue my awkwardness and trying to avoid him whilst at departures lmao
        Unless you were on a plane from China, that was pretty obnoxious of you... :eek3:
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        (Original post by 8472)
        The only thing that gets is when someone looks like they have never been in England before but then speak perfect English and with a English accent.
        Looks like? How do they look?

        (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
        I don't have an accent thankfully, but when talking amongst Americans I can kind of hear it - sounds a bit cool tbh haha

        Mostly Hispanics and Indians have the heaviest accents with English not being their first language if you see what I am saying
        Some accents are cool though.

        Hispanics sound cool though anyway, and they can speak Spanish so all is well.
        Indians... Nah
       
       
       
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