Wednesday, November 7, 2012

An Accent

Yesterday our friend M.-A. confirmed what I've been noticing for a while now: Elias is developing a very noticeable Australian accent.  His year in an Australian school seems to have done the trick.


It's not at all the Paul Hogan caricature of an Aussie accent that we think of back in North America.  It's much more organic than that - he's lost his terminal "r"s completely, and "r"s in the middle of words are just hinted at.  Meanwhile his vowels have stretched into weird Antipodean dipthongs.

I imagine it will all fade when we leave Oz.  But meanwhile I've noticed how this little accent makes Elias seem like a slightly different person.  And I've also gotten an insight into how odd it must be to have a child with a completely different accent from your own...

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  1. Even some Turks have an Aussie accent. I was wearing my Australian baseball cap with the kangaroo on front when we were walking in Istanbul a couple of weeks ago. And a guy on the street looked at me and said in a friendly, loud voice, "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!"

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    1. sigh - it's what we're known for.

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  2. Hope you've captured it on video to show him when he's a teenager! XOXO

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    1. no, we haven't actually - really good idea.

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