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Does your accent change when you're 'at home'?

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VladmirsPoutine Tue 19-Sep-17 15:45:55

Just curious really. My DP is Irish and recently we met up with some of his relatives and his way of speaking was very different even down to accent. I quite liked it actually and thought it was rather sweet. I speak another language fluently and I know when I'm back in that country with friends after a few drinks I speak in a more 'local' tongue than the common parlance iyswim.
Anyway does this happen with others?

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Tue 19-Sep-17 15:47:29


I sound like one of The Wurzels, every hour of every day.

When I travel people take the piss.

Willwe Tue 19-Sep-17 15:55:12

Yes, I'm a northerner living in the Midlands and if I go 'home' my accent becomes broader and doesn't disappear for a few days after leaving. I don't need to mention to colleagues where I've been as they know.

Willwe Tue 19-Sep-17 15:56:14

John Barrowman slips into Scottish when he's with his family, it's interesting to watch.

MouseholeCat Tue 19-Sep-17 16:03:00

Yep- from the West Country, living in London and working in a totally elitist industry after going to a university full to the brim with public schools boys. Learnt that moderation landed me the jobs pretty quick...

I love slipping back into my best Bristol when I pass Swindon on the train back home!

slug Tue 19-Sep-17 16:16:11

Oh yes. DH complains that if I'm with other Kiwi friends, it takes one bottle (between us) before he can only understand one word in three.

I go back to NZ and they all complain I sound British and when I come back to the UK they all complain I've gone native. You can't win.

ZerbaPadnaTigre Tue 19-Sep-17 16:19:49

Yep. My mum's lived in England for over 30 years. You can still tell she's Irish but put her back in Ireland and her accent becomes much stronger.

krustykittens Tue 19-Sep-17 16:20:39

Yes, I'm Irish, my accent always gets stronger and more colloquial when I am 'home'.

Ponyboycurtis Tue 19-Sep-17 16:21:16

Yep! I put 'to' on the end of sentences and talk about 'our mu' and 'our dad'.

amousehaseatenmypaddlingpool Tue 19-Sep-17 16:22:00

100%. DH is the same. We are both northern but live down south.

BillywigSting Tue 19-Sep-17 16:25:56

Yep, grew up between Liverpool and Ireland. I regularly slip between Irish and scouse (which are surprisingly similar in many ways) even in normal conversation. I sound like I've never left Wicklow when I've been there a couple of days.

I got quite cross with dp about him saying 'stop with the bullshit accent you're not irish' the first time we went over together.

Then he heard my (irish) dad's brogue become dramatically more Irish when we went over with him for a family reunion and soon changed his tune.

DramaAlpaca Tue 19-Sep-17 16:26:24

Oh yes, my accent varies depending on where I am.

I've lived in Ireland for years, and have adopted a lot of Irish expressions and a bit of an accent, but when I go home to see my family in the area I grew up in, my Cumbrian accent comes back within minutes.

My young adult DC find that Irish people think they sound English, but English people think they sound Irish.

DH's Irish accent, on the other hand, never changes wherever he is.

leedspirate Tue 19-Sep-17 16:27:49

Yes. I've been back in Scotland 10 days and have gone full "scotch". It'll last a few weeks after I get back to Yorkshire tomorrow.

VinIsGroot Tue 19-Sep-17 16:28:34

Oh yeah.... Receptionist at DS's school is from Liverpool too and we go Scouse when we chat.
Also my DH knows if I'm on the phone to someone from home. Been living down south for 17 years!

Pallisers Tue 19-Sep-17 16:30:07

I have never lost my Irish accent but after a trip home or talking on the phone to other irish people it gets even stronger - and I speed up too. To the point that if I came back from Ireland people at work who knew I had been back would remind me to slow down before meetings!

littlemissangrypants Tue 19-Sep-17 16:32:20

I'm german and when I'm tired or drunk I sound very very german. The rest of the time people don't notice that I'm not actually English. I also start speaking german in the middle of an english conversation if I speak to fellow german speakers. (hope that makes sense) I don't even notice when I switch language.

fightingirish Tue 19-Sep-17 16:36:22

Yep! Irish living in uk and my accents gets more home when I've been home or when I socialise with Irish ppl here!

Best accent in the world!!

BillywigSting Tue 19-Sep-17 16:39:12

little miss I have a relative who does that with Spanish. She's Irish but has lived in a Spanish speaking country (working as a translator) for 20 years. She does when she gets particularly emotional too eg angry or excited.

PuppyMonkey Tue 19-Sep-17 16:43:08

I have a friend who was born in Nottingham just like me and speaks with a local accent. His parents though are Scottish and he and his siblings always put on a Scottish accent when they're around their parents. I'll be honest it's not even a very good Scottish accent. grin

My parents were Irish and I never put on an Irish accent in their presence.confused

tellitlikeitispls Tue 19-Sep-17 16:50:22

I always become super-self conscious of the way I speak when I go back up North. I guess because for many years I had no idea we had an accent. I think I was about 21 when I first 'heard' it!
Now I have some sort of jumbled mish-mash accent which only gets really northern when I'm drunk, or when I'm speaking to someone else from the Noth-East. At which point I get really self conscious again because its like I'm taking the mickey/mimicking them. I can't help it though!

VladmirsPoutine Tue 19-Sep-17 16:51:57

Best accent in the world!!

fightingirish It really is! I agree with that. But he said he wouldn't want our dc to have an Irish accent confused

BillywigSting Tue 19-Sep-17 16:52:38

My Irish accent isn't really put on though. My dad has a strong Irish accent, my mum, although from Liverpool doesn't have much of an accent at all so my dad's is the one I picked up as a kid. I used to get classmates asking what part of Ireland I was from.

I got a bit of scouse mixed in when I went to college.

Bonkerz Tue 19-Sep-17 16:54:59

Yes. I'm originally from Basingstoke. Find my accent gets very common and sweaty the closer I get! But I live in Leicester now and people know I'm not from round here. Problem is my friends down there say I have a northern accent lmao
Did live in Devon for a few years though and get the twang when I'm near anyone from there. Lol

IHeartDodo Tue 19-Sep-17 16:55:55

I have a pretty much RP accent but I have a horrible tendency to very subtly mimic the person I'm talking to! My Irish A level physics teacher filmed a practise interview we did once and it was really cringe!
But as a southerner who lives in the North, I do get posher when I go home!

fedupandsickofeverything Tue 19-Sep-17 16:56:57

Always knew when dm was talking to her family on the phone even if she didn't slip into welsh as her accent which had almost disappeared made a recurrance

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