As American expats living in the UK, one of the questions we hear most often from friends and family back home is, “Can you bring me back a British guy? I love their accents.” Since living in the UK however, it has become apparent that there isn’t just one quintessentially British accent. In fact, much like the US – it will very much vary depending on where you are.
Of course, there are the regional dialects – Welsh, Scottish and Irish (which can sound somewhat similar at first). But even in England, the differences are huge. When Chris & I moved from Plymouth to Lancaster (approximately 300 miles away), I had to readjust to a much more Northern way of speaking.
Understanding British Accents
In this video, Jude and I discuss how we have found adjusting to and understanding the different accents we have come across in the past year. We have found that we both have similar experiences where, very rarely, we just aren’t able to understand some pronunciations. It’s a very odd feeling, especially when speaking the same language.
But the longer we live in the UK, the more normal the accents become. Soon, it might be our friends and family in the US who sound different to us (though that is hopefully still a while away).
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What Is ‘Ask Expat Wives’?
This is the third episode in our #AskExpatWives series. In these videos we am to answer your questions about life as an expat, living in the UK, our British husbands and more. By talking to a range of expats in the UK, we hope you’ll get a great sense of what life is like and what changes you might expect if you are considering moving to a new country. Watch all previous #AskExpatWives videos here.
If you have a question you would like us to answer in a future episode, leave it in the comments below! Alternatively, send your questions to us on Twitter using our handle @ilovemybrit and using the hashtag #AskExpatWives. We’ll also be releasing a similar series next week, #AskBritishHusbands, where our significant others give their perspective on adapting to new cultures and life after an LDR.