June 18, 2009

I Don't Speak No Stinking English

Anyone trying to learn English will tell you the same thing: It’s a hard language. The rules are inconsistent, it can be phonetic but not always, and don’t forget slang. I come from an English speaking home but it trips me up. Certain words or pronunciations don’t flow. I have a few default lines to remedy this. My favourite is to tell people that it's my second language. This one confused my poor cousin. Heck, it confuses everyone, but it’s effective.

For here, I like to tell people I'm Canadian. Why that works, I honestly don’t know. I spoke strangely back home too. My made up or mispronounced words didn’t make any more sense. My accent is another story. I have something between a Midwest American and Western Canadian accent. It leaves me with neither.

In the end, as much as I hate English, I’m glad it’s my native language. If I learned anything from my citizenship class it's how easy I had it. My follow classmates struggled learning to read, write, and speak English as adults.

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  1. It DID confuse me. Sigh. I really should have known better, but I thought maybe the school closest to you was a french one or something. Those french always insist their language is better, perhaps they tried to force it on you.

  2. Yes, I was brainwashed. Thanks for noticing! I wrote this the same day you said that, but didn't post it right away. You were supposed to forget.