Hello hello there, chaps. I'm alone in the office, because it's just before six and I thought I'd use the opportunity to indulge myself and find out how much my accent has mutated by videoing myself speaking normally, as I am now, and then by imitating the voice of the announcer at Kings Cross who lets you know when your train is leaving and where from. So, here goes.
The next train to depart from Platform 0 will be the 17:44 First Capital Connect service to Kings Lynn via Cambridge, calling at Royston, Cambridge, Waterbeach, Ely, Littleport, Downham Market, Watlington and Kings Lynn. Will customers intending to travel on this service please join the train now, as it is ready to leave.
I think my accent is fairly dependent on context. In the previous video, I was talking about Conversation Volunteering, and in that setting, my conversation partners always tell me that my American accent makes it easier to understand me. So I end up exaggerating it on purpose to help them.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! When I first met Emirhan, he had trouble understanding all the English women at the airport, so I would "put on" an American accent for his benefit. Over time, that was the language relationship that I developed with him, and I still speak American when talking to him even though I don't speak that way with anyone else.
You've got the excuse of YEARS there; I'm still pretty fresh off the plane and I have to force myself not to pick it up after every phonecall with a Kiwi. Somehow my flatmates don't set it off, but they have rather dilute American-culture-influenced accents, but stronger ones, possibly ones of authority, oh! See latest upload, where I'm just off the horn with the DoC about this little visitor: I say "school" and "wind" notably differently than before.
"to" was a smidge too "tew" and "Watlington" was missing its first "t" - other than that, a fine case of RP, Miss :D
(Sorry for the pedantry - accents are an on/off hobby of mine, in a way. Long years reading too much Pratchett to my wife, and a now-ended hobby of voice acting have left me in this sad, sad state *s*)
Gah. Not used to this. I have a little prep in that I saw this happen to Alexis of the EBM band Inertia, who I also knew from LA, and grew up there with a typical US accent, but then moved to England and lived there for years (and still does). At first we thought she was kidding, but I don't think so. But still, who is this stranger on my screen here?! ;)
I've now been living with the bloke for over a year, and I frequently go days without hearing another American accent. The previous video I posted had been taken about a year ago, not long after he & I moved in together, so it's interesting that it seems to have had more of a mutating effect than my previous five years in the country.
I think it just comes from hearing it every day. The only other North American I used to interact with regularly left the group at my work a couple of years ago, and I now live with my boyfriend, so I hear it more than I hear my native accent.
I think living with the bloke has had a pretty powerful effect on it as well. I don't hear other American accents on a daily basis any more. That last video was filmed over a year ago, shortly after we'd moved in together.
Yes. I have to concentrate hard to settle on one or the other. Most of the time it doesn't matter so I just float between the two depending on the company I'm in. But in certain situations, it helps to be more obviously American, such as when I'm talking to non-native English speakers.