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to think my ds might talk like his parents rather than Peppa Pig?

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farewellfigure Wed 14-Sep-11 17:16:09

I'm Welsh and my DH is from Newcastle with Yorkshire parents. We both have no accent but say bath, castle and glass (among other examples) with a hard 'a' like in apple, like our parents do. Our DS (3.5) says those kinds of words with a soft 'a' like in farce. I swear it's from watching Peppa Pig who says grass etc with a soft 'a'!

Do you think he'll grow out of it and end up talking like us? I don't mind really. Just interested to hear what you all think smile

MumblingRagDoll Wed 14-Sep-11 17:39:37

Mine does too. BOth mine have turned out posher than I am....not sure why! Mine says "Is it baaaarth time?" and DH and I go hmm

squeakytoy Wed 14-Sep-11 17:45:31

Once he is at school, he will talk like the majority of his peers.

PuspornInBoots Wed 14-Sep-11 17:48:26

My DD has a really posh voice and says "Mummy" when everyone else here says "Mam". She says caRstle when we say cassel and some other things too - I never thought about it being from things on the tv. She's 9 now and still does it, I catch myself chanting "there is no sodding R in castle" sometimes under my breath grin

Honeydragon Wed 14-Sep-11 17:50:12

I am like the dreadful John Barrowman. I have a sort of posh voice with a rural twang and a Oxford dialect/. Until I am within the company of my family and then I unconsciously revert to a Northern accent, he will probably and up with a nice mix when he is older grin, tbh school is the biggest influence.

IHeartKingThistle Wed 14-Sep-11 17:55:24

You can't have no accent, everyone has an accent!

She won't talk like you, she'll have the accent of the local area. Counter-intuitive, but true. I don't think you need to worry about Peppa grin.

IHeartKingThistle Wed 14-Sep-11 17:56:43

Oh god why did I put she? Sorry I meant he!

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 14-Sep-11 17:59:18

Interesting. My boys are now in year 2 and year 1, we live in Yorkshire. I speak with a long a because I'm originally from The South. Their dad uses a short a because he is originally from The North. At the moment it seems I'm winning, despite schoolmates!

squeakytoy Wed 14-Sep-11 18:02:01

I am from the north, so I say bath to rhyme with Kath.. despite living down south for 12 years and having a mainly neutral accent now.. my london born husband has a very regional london accent, but certain words are slipping in now.. and he also says bath rather than barrrrth... grin

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Wed 14-Sep-11 18:02:03

I am a childminder and the girls that I have had around the age 5 - 7 all seem to undertake role play with American accents!!

tallulah Wed 14-Sep-11 18:04:31

She won't talk like you, she'll have the accent of the local area.

Not what I want to hear. We're in Brizzle and the other children at DD's new school have very broad accents. ATM she speaks with no discernible accent.
(The first time she comes home from school and says "where's it to" I think I might jump off the pier grin )

tyler80 Wed 14-Sep-11 18:07:58

I grew up in area A, my mum was from area B, my dad from area C. My accent is unique to me :-)

CokeFan Wed 14-Sep-11 18:16:35

Tallulah - I feel your pain. I'm from Lancashire originally but live in Wiltshire now. I had to really grit my teeth when people started to ask my little dd "where's you feet to?". It makes no sense to me! She starts nursery next week so we'll see what happens.

whackamole Wed 14-Sep-11 18:17:16

I have a southern accent, OH is scouse. Mine both say baaaaaaaaarth - still waiting on most other words though!

complexnumber Wed 14-Sep-11 18:23:25

We live and work in the ME, our DD's go to an International School

Our elder DD now has a N. American twang on lots of words! She seems to have picked this up from some of her teachers. I confess I was a llittle alarmed when she first started doing this, but then it doesn't really matter at all.

And it has got to be better than the awful West London suburb accent that I have (or rather 'had' it has mellowed over the years).

IHeartKingThistle Wed 14-Sep-11 19:14:13

I had no idea 'where's it to?' wasn't Standard English for AGES. I say 'where is it?' now but I still miss saying it the West Country way!

talkingnonsense Wed 14-Sep-11 19:26:02

My cousin has south speaking parents and speaks broad Leeds himself thanks to school! I expect she'll fit in with whatever is most popular around her.

farewellfigure Thu 15-Sep-11 15:24:26

Great to hear all your stories! The other funny thing is that I say tooth to rhyme with book (the Welsh way) and dh says it to rhyme with hoot (the most normal way haha). DS says it differently depending on which parent he is talking to which I think is amazing.

The other day DS said 'it's by there' which is also Welsh and DH was very hmm hehe.

biddysmama Thu 15-Sep-11 15:26:42

im very northern grin my 2 year old is aswell, doesnt take any notice of tv tho

farewellfigure Thu 15-Sep-11 15:36:48

Oh I forgot to say... IHEART you're right of course. Everyone has an accent. I suppose mine is just non-descript. I get really Welsh when I'm pissed tired though.

BarmyBiscuit Thu 15-Sep-11 15:41:38

My sister and BIL are both Scottish and speak the accent quite strongly but their 2 children speak English because of school. Same as I expect my son to speak English even though I am Scottish.

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Thu 15-Sep-11 17:47:55

My two switch between the two. I'm east anglian and say barth parth iyswim dp is midlands and sayes bAth I don't like the dcs talking like him we live in my neck of the woods and it makes the stick out like a sore thumb!

mickeyjohn Thu 15-Sep-11 17:56:36

We grew up in rural Devon but none of us (4 kids) have Devonshire accents evenw though most of hte kids at school did - we talk like my parents (very southern, no discernable accent - what some people call 'posh' but to be it's just normal southern English!)

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Thu 15-Sep-11 17:58:50

DD now speaks properly northern. She's been at school for two weeks almost and sounds like a native.
I am pretty London and DH is neutral really. She is a sponge though, she spoke mainly with my accent in Belgium and Switzerland and American in Thailand and Oman.
Glad she still says baRth and graRss though.

verlainechasedrimbauds Thu 15-Sep-11 18:00:28

My ds has a more-or-less RP accent like mine but dd is proudly and determinedly northern - I think it was a choice for her as she grew up in the same environment and lots of her friends are more RP than she is: she really rejected what she perceived to be the family "posh". I went to Bristol Uni a hundred years ago and the only accent I picked up, which created hilarity and teasing on my return during vacations, was a sort of slightly posh Oxbridgereject tendency to say suppah and buttah. My Brummie roots still show through occasionally with a hard "g" in singing and hanging. I do think it's interesting to see which bits stick!

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