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mboyle
Jan 5th, 2004, 03:10 AM
Hehe I was just noticing how certain british posters were using terms like "Bloody this" and it got me thinking, what phrases do I, as an american, use everyday that seem strange or weird to someone in England? I know I find it funny that they call flashlights "torches" and elevators "lifts," and that seems amusing to me, but what about from the opposite perspective?

But then again, why limit it to English? I am taking Spanish in school, and the differences between the Spanish accent and the South American Accent and even the Caribbean Accent are huge. So basically, in this thread, discuss various accents and expressions from other speakers of your language that you find amusing, annoying, or interesting.

PointBlank
Jan 5th, 2004, 03:33 AM
I like some lingo me mum says since she grew up in South Africa

decemberlove
Jan 5th, 2004, 10:02 AM
But then again, why limit it to English? I am taking Spanish in school, and the differences between the Spanish accent and the South American Accent and even the Caribbean Accent are huge. So basically, in this thread, discuss various accents and expressions from other speakers of your language that you find amusing, annoying, or interesting.

not even the accent... cuban spanish and meixican spanish is almost an entirely different language.

and i think calling elevators lifts is sexy :)

sartrista7
Jan 5th, 2004, 11:02 AM
I know I find it funny that they call flashlights "torches" and elevators "lifts," and that seems amusing to me, but what about from the opposite perspective?

The opposite perspective is "it's our bloody language, stop mangling it" ;)

moby
Jan 5th, 2004, 11:31 AM
singaporeans and malaysians tend to end their sentences with "lah", "leh" or "lor" :)

Joana
Jan 5th, 2004, 01:02 PM
In Serbian there are some big differences between regions, a person from Belgrade can hardly understand people (especially the older) from the south of the country.
And as for Spanish, try speaking Castillan with someone from Chile. :o

Josh
Jan 5th, 2004, 01:44 PM
People from the Netherlands Antilles or Surinam have a cool accent when speaking Dutch. Afrikaans is basically a rip off from Dutch with some incredibly funny words or expressions like "amperbroekie" (panties), which literally translates to "barely pants" :D.

And then of course there's people from the Netherlands who try their best to speak Dutch but often fail to do so. :p

*Hides*

SJW
Jan 5th, 2004, 02:03 PM
who are these "certain English posters"?! :mad:

Alex, i agree 100% LMAO! :worship:

SJW
Jan 5th, 2004, 02:04 PM
plus, even within the Caribbean you have difficulty understanding people from the different islands

my family is from Barbados so i can understand them really well...Jamaica isn't that far away, yet i struggle with them :tape:

Experimentee
Jan 5th, 2004, 02:33 PM
I always thought "faucet" was quite a weird word for tap. Sounds really painful if you ask me!! I have also heard some people here use the word "elevator" instead of lift. :mad:

Once when we were in America, I remember my Mum, putting on her 'don't mess with me voice,' asking one of the people in Disney World, "Excuse me, could you tell me where the toilets are??" Needless to say, the guy thought she was a complete weirdo. :o

And to end on a random note, slightly off-topic, I find German quite interesting because it is often very literal with its words. The best example is the word for diarrhoea, which is "Durchfall" - literally "though fall!!"

I'm from Australia and I say all the same things you do. What is wrong with saying toilet anyway? I think Americans are the only weird ones ;)

propi
Jan 5th, 2004, 03:52 PM
I find Argentinian "Voseo" so funny and shocking, we aren't used to that here :o
Plus the use of "coger" (take) it changes hugely the meaning in Spanish and in Latin American Spanish :lol: :lol:

dubro
Jan 5th, 2004, 05:26 PM
in italy any region (and any town) got his own language....

so, it is not only an accent matter, but properly about language :rolleyes:

sometimes the tv does interview at the people who only speak hisown language (at south side mainly) and it needs subtitles to understand :haha:

anyway, most funny accent are from venice, bologna and tuscany (like roberto benigni) :lol:

Cassius
Jan 5th, 2004, 11:37 PM
Us English don't need to go to America to find people who wreck our beautiful language, we have some right here.
I live in Widnes, which as some of you Brits may know, is right in the middle of Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire (who each have their own distinctive accents), and Widnes is a horrid amalgamation of those four.
We drop 't's from words, so 'later', becomes 'la'er', and 'bottle' becomes 'boh'ul'.
Also, Birminham has strange phrases (aswell as a strange accent).
Birminham don't have 'Toys R Us' they have 'Toys Am We', for example.
They don't say, 'he changed his mind', they say 'he altered his mind'.
Strange people!