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to hate people who put on an accent when they say a foreign word?

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JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:03:44

It really grinds my gears. I was talking to someone the other night and he started talking about the "bella figura" thing in Italy, but every time he said "bella figura" he said it in an Italian accent.


I speak German but if I say, I don't know, Doppelganger or Reichstag or something, I don't put on a German accent to say it.

My best friend also does this, trilling her r's like a good one if she mentions anything Spanish.

Why is it so annoying? Is it annoying? Is it just me?

DameMargotFountain Sun 27-Jan-13 15:05:34

you mean they say it correctly then grin

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 27-Jan-13 15:06:59

I get more annoyed with people who don't say things correctly. Paella for example.

directoroflegacy Sun 27-Jan-13 15:07:03

That is my mum;
Restaurant (I'm sure Mickey Flanagan must have heard her)

Every time she does it my fists clench!!

JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:08:43

Where does the madness stop though, Dame? Do you rasp and trill your way through "Barcelona"? Do you say "Ber-leen" rather than "Ber-lin"? Do you say "Paree?"

AlexReidsLonelyBraincell Sun 27-Jan-13 15:09:01

Chorizo when pronounced 'properly' can sound really wanky and try hard. John Torrode I'm talking to you.

Eliza22 Sun 27-Jan-13 15:09:21

I think there's little worse than any foreign language, spoken with an English accent. Think "Allo Allo" pigeon English. But that's just me smile

freeandhappy Sun 27-Jan-13 15:10:26

One of my pet hates too! Especially all the mums an dads in the cafes saying to their kiddies "would you like a cwosson dahling" mad French accent. Ok fine you know how to speak French stop being a wanker about it. I know someone who does the spanish thing All The Time too but then she's an actress who enunciates everything VERY CLEARLY in a deeply irritating way. So no YAnbu

DoctorAnge Sun 27-Jan-13 15:10:30

I am of Italian heritage and I'll be damned if I am going to pronounce carbonara ( for example ) as caarrbonaaara ( English accent) just to make you feel better. It's not correct to me.

JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:11:11

Am I to believe that people call up Dominoes and ask for a pizza in an Italian accent?

(flat English accent) Could I have a cheese and tomato (sparkling Italian accent) PIII-ZAAAA?


DameMargotFountain Sun 27-Jan-13 15:13:47

it depends who i'm with, and if i know it yanks their chain, OP


tiggytape Sun 27-Jan-13 15:14:01

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50ShadesOfGreggs Sun 27-Jan-13 15:14:54

The worst is when they get it wrong. I am French, and often cringe at fake French accents and mispronounced words.

Putting on a fake French accent isn't sophisticated, it just makes people sound like twats.

There are unfortunately plenty of Del Boys out there...


JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:15:15

It would seem that people who put on cod foreign accents also use that inane grinning smiley.

Good to know, seeing a pattern.

JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:16:45

Yes 50shades I think that's why it annoys me so much.

Oh dwarling, would you like a lovely little CWASSAAAAANT?

TheFallenNinja Sun 27-Jan-13 15:17:05

Jalapeño. It's ha-la-pee-neo

NOT Japeleno (in whatever accent)

Renniehorta Sun 27-Jan-13 15:18:57

I think that you have to literally go with the flow of a language. For instance I just accept that my name is pronounced diferently when someone is speaking to me in a different language.

Equally if I am speaking English I would say Paris. If I was speaking French I would say Je vais a Paree etc.

However I do have 2 pet hates Pizza pronounced Pitsa and Chorizo pronounced Choritzo. It just sets my teeth on edge.

Andro Sun 27-Jan-13 15:19:04

At least they're making an effort to get the pronunciation correct - they should be applauded for it.

dreamingbohemian Sun 27-Jan-13 15:20:15


I mean, fair enough if you know the person doesn't speak the language and is definitely just being pretentious

But why should people pronounce things incorrectly if they know better?

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 27-Jan-13 15:20:20

See, I'm doubly guilty here. Not sure how I'd say croissant, apart from Frenchily. And I will also say eSpresso not eXpresso, and will judge those who correct my (correct) pronunciation of bruschetta.

But people who say Paree or Thara (Zara) are wankers.

JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:20:25

Yes, applaud people for their valuable contribution to society in trying to get pronunciation correct.


GettingObsessive Sun 27-Jan-13 15:20:42

Erm, I take your point about most of the words her, but if you don't pronounce it "cwasson" how do you pronounce it? confused

FWIW I speak both French and Spanish badly - I don't say pie-eh-ya or cho-ree-tho but I'm struggle with croissant any way other than "cwasson"

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 27-Jan-13 15:20:44

NB they are not wankers if French/Spanish etc is their language.

Renniehorta Sun 27-Jan-13 15:21:12

How do you pronounce 'croissant' in English?

JustAHolyFool Sun 27-Jan-13 15:21:24

dreaming because it sounds ridiculous. You are speaking in English, just carry on with the English pronunciation of things.

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