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02/19/2014

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Cristin

I had to do that when ordering banana bread. "Banana bread." "What?" "Banana bread." "What?" "Bah-naa-na bread." "Oh, yes."

Have definitely found myself adapting words because it's just easier to be understood. Weirdly, I don't find it to hard to go back and forth.

Christie

I meant to include banana bread as another example. Just yesterday I ordered it, and the server questioned me to make sure she heard me correctly. I had used the American pronunciation without thinking.

Cosette

I'm really surprised. I've not experienced this at all and, if I did, I'm not sure I would change my accent to accommodate others. I get the sense they're being deliberately obtuse. I mean, really? They don't understand WA-TER?

David

Everyone knows its pronounced "war-duh"

Just think, it could be worse. You could be in New Zealand. Try this link for a play on Americans not understanding the NZ pronunciation of the word "dead" from "flight of the Conchords". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRdg1MOYxHo

Christie

I don't think anyone has been deliberately obtuse. Likely it is a combination of me mumbling and catching someone off guard. You speak more clearly than I do, Cosette. I could hear that in the audio file in your post. The modifications that I have made are because it just feels wrong to me to pronounce them any other way in Australia.

Christie

That's a funny clip, David. I must work on my pronunciation of "war-duh." I wish I had your ability to mimic other accents.

Samantha

I still have trouble understanding my Aussie partner - this is because he mumbles SO much! Which I am told is an Aussie trait. Lol. They probably don't understand " How are you?" because you didn't say, "How ya going?"

Christie

You are probably right, Samantha, but I just can't bring myself to say it. It sounds fake to me coming out of my mouth. Sometimes I remember to say "How's it going?" and that is always understood.

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