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1st Nov 2004, 19:33
Read the following sentence aloud:

"Today I think it will be alright to walk about the park"

Australians will pronounce today as "To-die"

Kiwis will pronounce think as "thunk"

English will pronounce alright as "awwrite"

Japanese will pronounce walk as "ralk"

Canadians will pronounce about as "aboot"

South Africans will pronounce the as "thi"

Most Americans drive everywhere and would see the whole idea as absurd.

;) :E

1st Nov 2004, 22:08
ok - say us aussies pronounce 'today' as 'to- die'.

Well , how do we pronouce
' you are to die'? Cos my 'today' and 'to die' don't sound the same.

What about;
you are to die today ?

Oh who cares anyway

Do Americans think?

Thought that was scrapped from the education system over there. Howard's doing his best to bring it in here as well.

Jerrichos MIL
2nd Nov 2004, 00:03
"So where are you from?" There is only one place you could possibly be from:

2nd Nov 2004, 00:56
"So where are you from?"

The Far Side

2nd Nov 2004, 01:04
Oh Jerricho c'mon, its abaout not aboot!

Thought you'd've picked up on it by now.

2nd Nov 2004, 06:51
The Norn Irish would also say "thunk" and their accent is very different from NZ.

The Scots might say "aboot" rather than Canadians.

Any English person who says "awwrite" would be speaking in estuary English and wouldn't bother with the T on the end. The inability to pronounce the "l" in certain words is more peculiar to the old country accents of Berkshire and Oxfordshire i.e. 12 = twewve. Proper cockneys though do say twelve.

The trouble with "today=to die" and "to die=to die" is that, to an untrained ear they do sound very similar.



2nd Nov 2004, 07:25
The Scots might say "aboot" rather than Canadians. Totally agree Whirly ... surely the Canadians say "aboat".

2nd Nov 2004, 07:45
If you travelled east to west on approximately latitude 53 and a half North through England you would pass through Hull,Scunthorpe, Leeds, Bradford,Burnley, Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool. Each city/town would say this sentence in a different way and the distance is only about a hundred miles.
If you went another degree or so North in Draperland it changes into a different dialect altogether.

gas path
2nd Nov 2004, 07:54
If you went another degree or so North in Draperland it changes into a different dialect altogether.
Different dialect:confused: 'tis a completely different language.:uhoh::E :p

2nd Nov 2004, 08:34
The moment an Englishman opens his mouth, another Englishman despises him. Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion (1912)

And another Pygmalion connection with perceived accents lies behind the choice of the title "My Fair Lady" for the musical based on Pygmalion.

Allegedly, it was the American idea of how a (Dick van Dyke style) cockney would say "Mayfair Lady" .....geddit??

2nd Nov 2004, 09:03
If you went another degree or so North in Draperland it changes into a different dialect altogether.

The-deh aa think it'll be aal reet te waak aboot the park

The word 'park' would be instantly recognisable to any English-speaker.

A Norwegian would probably have no difficulty with any of it.

2nd Nov 2004, 09:21
It's all lies anyway - I checked! The signs are still there - "Keep Off the Grass - By Order"

So it's not alright to walk in the park today:E

2nd Nov 2004, 09:23
Why is it that Brummies have 4 "whales" on their cars, when the rest of us have got wheels?:p

2nd Nov 2004, 11:37
Alrigfht, here's what you'd get on this side of the Irish Sea

Today I think it will be alright to walk about the park

Too-dea I tink ih-twill be araieet too walk abowt de peark

Tew-day Owy tink ih will be arroy tew walk abowh de perrk

Teau-dea Ai think it will be allraight teu walk aboot the purk

Tewday Ai think it will be awlrawight too wawk abowt the pork

And last but not leats, my own Galwegian....

Tudday I think 'twill be alright to walk abowt the peark, (and have a naice sangwich!)

tony draper
2nd Nov 2004, 11:55
Whey hinny ,thon perks shut doon thu naa's.

2nd Nov 2004, 11:56
And the Glaswegian..

Haw pal, am gaun fer a walk in yer park, oany jip an al chib ye ya bam.

2nd Nov 2004, 14:10
I'm amased I haven't been accused of Yank bashing :E

DX Wombat
2nd Nov 2004, 14:37
That's probably because the Yanks haven't noticed as they have been lulled into a false sense of security by your usual hobby of MIL-Bashing :E

2nd Nov 2004, 15:11

Just don't bother walking in the park, it ain't safe.

Standard Noise
2nd Nov 2004, 15:30
I prefer to drive through the park in my Belfast registered Discovery, I certainly don't "thunk" about walking, I might however, "think" about it instead. When was the last time you lot were in Belfast?

And what the buggery is a "purk"?
Man dear I can hear me granny spinnin' in her grave......

Black sheep, you must be from my neck of the woods;)

2nd Nov 2004, 16:05
MIL-bashing? Me?

BTW, I happen to work with a couple of guys from Newfoundland. They definately sound like they're saying "oot and aboot" (and they're not talking about a boat)

simon brown
2nd Nov 2004, 19:42
Newcastle: A'deea wor gannin a walk aroon the pawk leyk

Gloucester; T'daay oym gunner wark aroound the parrrrk

Dudley: T'daaay oym gunna walk a'row-und the pawuk

Belfast: To-deah aym gonna walk aroynd the pork

London: Todaay im gunna wawk araaahnd the paaak

Cardiff: Tod-a-ay iym gownto waaaalk ab-bout the paaa-aark

Glasgow:T'dee aym gwentae awahhk aroon the padk

Nottingham: t'dawy iwm gunna walk abaat the pawk

Birmingham: t'dooy oym gawnin' t walk abowert the pawk

Liverpool: suday eym gonna wawkkqq abouce the paaakkkqq

2nd Nov 2004, 20:31
Today, oi rekans it'll be alroight to walk rund the park.

2nd Nov 2004, 20:46
Newfinlan'?? B'y th' lard liftin' ol' man!

You better check out the boring thread on another board. Somebody's taking yer MIL's name in vain. :uhoh:

2nd Nov 2004, 22:03
As I said over there Pigboat, not quite her.

it doesn't have a ciggy hanging out it's mouth.

neil armstrong
2nd Nov 2004, 22:18
the Dutch
Het lijkt me een hele mooie dag om mischien eens een leuk uitstapje naar het park te maken en daar mischien een lekker jointje te draaien !!:}


3rd Nov 2004, 01:26
Newfoundland is another country hence the different language.

Best people ever though :ok:

3rd Nov 2004, 14:56
Overheard in Newfieland............

"WHAT!!? She's a virgin. Now son, you may want to marry this girl, but if she's not good enough for her family, shes not good enough for you." :E

3rd Nov 2004, 16:50
Notice, notice what? The Yankees lost, where ya awl bean?;)