- Nov 16, 2018
- Reaction score
- Hamilton, New Zealand
To quote from the 'Soapy Thing' thread:
Masters in Applied Linguistics here...
I could go into a detailed explanation about this but it would be a bit long, and possibly boring for people more interested in soap than the way languages work. In short - it's the combination of the 't' and 'y' than makes the 'ch' sound. Lots of other interesting things happen when certain consonants or vowels blend into new sounds. If anyone is interested I could start a new thread about it. Oh sorry, what's that? You've nodded off already....?
When I lived in Kentucky, I asked for a glass of woor-ta (in my Kiwi accent) several times at a noisy bar ( and was not being understood AT ALL) before I finally gave up and said wah-derrrr. I got my water instantly.I had so much speech therapy as a child to pronounce read and spell letter blends correctly. I blame this for enunciating letter blends correctly.
You wouldn’t think this would cause so much confusion, but I get blank looks for just enunciating letters correctly.
For example, asking for water pronounced with a tt instead of “wadder” will get blank looks and “whad ya say honey”s from waitresses and waiters.
I’ve became kind of paranoid about it and have to frequently remind myself to mispronounce my blends in order to speak American English correctly.
Or in other words I’ll join you on the other thread, lol
I love singing - I think singers are good at learning languages.I have had many arguments with my sister, who accuses me of over-articulation when I talk to her. We finally figured out she has misphonia, and certain sounds actually trigger emotional reactions or cause her physical pain. I think my crisp articulation grew out of singing. Look at any sheet of music, and we see it is broken up into syllables, clear and easy to understand. Singing with my daughter since she was an infant is why her speech is crystal, clear, despite having autism and mental retardation.
Yes - I love them all!Correctly in that region perhaps .. that's not how those are pronounced here in the intermountain west or pacific coast. And probably differently in the northeast.
Loads of fun regional dialects in the US & Canada.
The secret to speaking good 'Southern' is that if it has one syllable , make it two, and it it has two, make it one. Example: You cannot do that = ya kain do thay-at. And say it all really slowly, so it takes twice as long as it would be said anywhere else in the world.OMG, my dear Kiwi Friend, the onion of You keeps peeling and peeling. Maker of gore-juss soaps and rocks and Masters in Applied Wha' Now?! I'm fascinated by languages and linguistics. If I haven't shared before, Zing Junior went to college in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A. and we enjoyed our visits there. People were speaking "English" and I was soo embarrassed to ask them to repeat themselves. A cashier asked for a price that was twenty syllables long. In my world, $2.10 is TWO syllables -- two ten. I don't even know how to type it but it was twenty syllables long!
I'm mostly monolingual English speaking and English is hard. My father, a retired educator, continues to correct me on lay/lie, sit/set, etc. I gave him a coffee mug that says "I'm silently judging you on your grammar." Except he's not so silent on the judging -- and the correcting....
Where's that thread again??