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violentendsdelight Mon 11-Jun-18 21:24:50

Friend comes from Scotland. Doesn’t sound in the slightest bit Scottish, says when she goes home her accent comes out in full force. Talks non stop about Scotland and put out little snippets of her Scottish accent.

Then today found out she’s lived in England since she was 4 months old.

Knittedfairies Mon 11-Jun-18 21:27:40

Do her parents have Scottish accents?

Racecardriver Mon 11-Jun-18 21:28:40

I used to speak witg a Russian accent. Never set foot in Russia.

e1y1 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:28:56

Yes that would be annoying. In no way would she have developed a Scottish accent (she wouldn’t have been even talking when she moved to England of course).

Some people can accent mirror much easier than others and will develop a slight “twang” of a local accent when spending time with locals.

Whilst it’s fine for her to be proud of her history and heritage as I assume her family before her is Scottish, but she for all intents and purposes is English.

Aprilshouldhavebeenmyname Mon 11-Jun-18 21:29:13

My dh is also a wannabe Scot.

FASH84 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:34:41

I worked with someone who could do a fabulous and convincing Scottish accent, both parents are Scottish with strong accents so even though she grew up in England she can switch it on and off. If she speaks to her grandma on the phone she switches or grandma tells her off for thinking she's too good to be Scottish!!

Fluffyears Mon 11-Jun-18 21:35:15

Mon the Scots!

Fluffyears Mon 11-Jun-18 21:36:21

Have you ever heard John Barrowman using his Scottish accent? It’s anazing he grew up down the road from me.

BasilFaulty Mon 11-Jun-18 21:36:48

I sympathize OP, one of my oldest friends is like this, also about Scotland.
She constantly tells people she's 'Scottish', has no hint of accent whatsoever and at least doesn't try to put it on. She lived there until she was 2 months ffs.
Last year she got a 'Scotish and Proud' tattoo.hmm

Maelstrop Mon 11-Jun-18 21:37:00

Like John Barrymore? I have an RP accent which mutates into native barely understable when I go home to see my parents. Haven’t loved there for 30 years.

TheOriginalEmu Mon 11-Jun-18 21:37:58

my sisters best friend has a strong irish accent. she's never lived there, she picked it from her parents.

TheOriginalEmu Mon 11-Jun-18 21:40:27

Whilst it’s fine for her to be proud of her history and heritage as I assume her family before her is Scottish, but she for all intents and purposes is English

If she has scottish parents,and was born in scotland. she is scottish. My children were born in wales and have always lived here, but they have an english parent, so are, by blood, half English.

IamHappy1976 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:42:18

You take on characteristics of your parents speech pattern and they sort of mingle with the other speech patterns you hear. I'm Scottish, mid 40s and have lived in England for 20 years. Every now and then my daughter (7) sounds like she's from my home town! It's not a conscious thing. Don't think your friend is messing with you

FannyFifer Mon 11-Jun-18 21:42:18

My son has an Irish accent but he's lived in Scotland since before he could talk.
I'm Scottish but lived in Ireland for many years and my accent goes between the two.

DaisysStew Mon 11-Jun-18 21:43:15

My aunty had a friend like this, her mum was Scottish but she was born in England. Had a really broad, regional accent (from the city we live in - and she was born in) apart from when her mum was there when she’d start speaking in a full on Glaswegian accent. Really bizzare.

MarthaArthur Mon 11-Jun-18 21:43:21

Im european and speak rp english accent but it can alter when i go away. If she was born there and her parents are from there then she is scottish/english i would say.

BasilFaulty Mon 11-Jun-18 21:44:20

Ah I see. Yes if her parents are Scottish that's a bit different, both my friends parents are english and were only there when she was born as her dad had a 6 week temp job on an oil rig.hmm

0lwen Mon 11-Jun-18 21:46:00

I think you're being a bit unreasonable. My accent is a bit of a hybrid as well and I'm not trying to be annoying :-/

FlapAttack23 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:48:42

Live and let live

happymummy12345 Mon 11-Jun-18 21:49:53

I don't think she does it on purpose.
As a pp said, some people's accent does change slightly if they're around different people or in a different place.
I mean no offence or disrespect to anyone by saying this. But I'm from east London, but I spent a bit of time at a college in Essex, and during that time, particularly at college I started to pick up a slight twang to my voice.
More noticeable, I moved to Liverpool for uni in 2013, and have been here since. My husband was born here and this is where we will live and raise our family. If I try I'd offend everyone from Liverpool, but sometimes subconsciously I'll be talking normally, but I'll say something and realise I said it with a slight Scouse twang. I'm not doing it on purpose (believe me I can't put on accents at all), but because I'm around it all the time, the more I'm starting to pick it up slightly.
Which obviously doesn't bother me at all. I just meant that it happens. People might mistakenly assume I'm doing it on purpose when I'm not.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 11-Jun-18 21:54:44

A girl at school used to speak with a Scottish accent when talking to her parents. She had no idea she was doing it. A friend of mine speaks in the same accent of the person he's speaking to. It irrationally irrates me when he talks about Ireland in the accent. He's not Irish!

AlexaAmbidextra Mon 11-Jun-18 21:57:01

Your friend isn’t Lulu is she? 😄

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 11-Jun-18 21:57:12

I love listening to a Scottish accent. I suppose you could spend less time with her if she's getting annoying? Or text instead of ringing? You can't be overly Scottish in a text cannae ye? Whit's fur ye'll no go past ye.

JustMarriedBecca Mon 11-Jun-18 21:59:22

A collegue of mine was doing a presentation and practiced for his wife. She asked him why he was talking in a ridiculous way. Turns out he had developed a posh boy work voice without realising!

StormcloakNord Mon 11-Jun-18 22:01:12

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