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  1. During a speech at the lord mayor of London's banquet, the prime minister described an exchange with Australian leader, Julia Gillard, and tried to imitate her accent. Cameron's audience at the Guildhall in London laughed, but the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper described his impersonation as 'bizarre' http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2011/nov/15/david-cameron-attempts-australian-accent-video
  2. We're moving out next year and I'm wondering whether we'll end up sounding like the locals. Made me think, have you guys who're there already picked up the Aussie twang? Cheers
  3. tcillc

    Foreign Accent Syndrome

    This is bizarre: Woman gets Chinese accent after bad migraine: reports April 21, 2010 - 6:50AM A British woman has suddenly started speaking with a Chinese accent after suffering a severe migraine, she said in comments quoted by British media on Tuesday. Sarah Colwill believes she has Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) which has caused her distinctive West Country drawl to be replaced with a Chinese twang, even though she has never even visited the country. The 35-year-old from Plymouth, southwest England, is now undergoing speech therapy following an acute form of migraine last month which reportedly left her with a form of brain damage. "I moved to Plymouth when I was 18 months old so I have always spoken like a local. But following one attack, an ambulance crew arrived and they said I definitely sounded Chinese," she said. "I spoke to my stepdaughter on the phone from hospital and she didn't recognise who I was. She said I sounded Chinese. Since then, I have had my friends hanging up on me because they think I'm a hoax caller." Ms Colwill added: "The first few weeks of the accent was quite funny but to think I am stuck with this Chinese accent is getting me down. My voice has started to annoy me now. It is not my voice." FAS has been documented around the world and is usually linked to a stroke or traumatic brain injury. It was first recorded in the early 20th century and there are thought to be only a couple of dozen sufferers around the world. Source: Woman gets Chinese accent after bad migraine: reports
  4. ok thought i would just write to see if any others out there that are havin the same problems as me with accent . We moved over from Wigan in oct 06 and i have to repet myself so many times:unsure:. i thought after a few years maybe my accent would clam down a bit and i would pick the aussie twag up but o no:wideeyed:. is there any one else out there whos accents get them into touble??? lisaxx
  5. Hyundai Accent 1.6s sedan 4 door. November 2007 model 3 year 8 months warranty. 4 months rego. 18000km on clock. Full service history Silver colour Excellent condition $13000 ono We are returning to UK in a few weeks and need to sell ASAP. Please phone 0450580050 or pm us for further info.
  6. We have been here for 4 months and though I try hard not to I find my voice going up at the end of sentences. I cringe when I do it but I know it will only get worse. My 7 year old is picking the accent up a bit now she's at school and I find it quite cute. My little one (4) still sounds totally English. I've met Brits who have been here years and haven't changed their accents at all, others sound Australian in weeks. What about you lot???
  7. It super little runner and still under factory warranty. Hyundai Accent Silver, 5 door manual, good condition, 100,000 km, 5months rego, excellent car Still under manufacturers warranty - 1 yr left on warranty or another 30,000 km, whichever comes first. Safety Certificate is done. 2 new drive belts and two new tyres. Gumtree : Poster's Ads. Pm me if you would like it. Lisa
  8. Guest

    Funny Accent, Funny Saying's

    I was speaking on the phone yesterday with an Aussie Estate agent, just sounding out rental places and prices in Brisbane. I was surprised how much She struggled with my accent and we both had quite a laugh about it. I told her she was lucky she wasn't speaking to my "old man" meaning Tony my husband, and suddenly the conversation changed to my father and him migrating with us. :arghh: (what a nightmare that would be) Can you imagine how confused I was until realising she hadn't understood my old man as my husband. It was really funny like a Faulty Towers scene. Anyhow I was just wondering if anyone else there had similar funny stories about lost in translation even though we are all speaking English. For example do they get certain phrases, like Ruby Murray, Gordon Bennett, or worse still as Tony always says Jesus, Mary and Joseph. (I'm only listing his polite one's trust me) I love accents and funny sayings because I have a weird sense of humor. Where I live the accent is so distinctive to our area, I'll miss it when I move but will love having fun like this with new Aussie friends. Anyone got some funny stories or had similar experience. EMMY:biglaugh:
  9. Something else to ponder before you pack up and move down under ... do you think you will start talking Strine? I don't mean using phrases like "G'day", more just the accent. I didn't think I would, but this week a colleague recently arrived from Cardiff took me for an Aussie. Not sure what to think of that! For myself, I've noticed that people with what I would call 'neutral' English accents tend to pick up a noticeable Aussie inflexion, whereas people with from places like Scotland tend to retain their native accent. What do you think?