Atta Ikede

November 1, 2008

Miscellaneous Updates

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 11:03 am

1. Eating a lot of sugar used to make me perky. Nowadays it makes me sluggish. Yet another sign that i’m getting old.

2. Non-native English speakers usually speak with an accent. This is to be expected. Accents can be very charming, even if they’re a little tricky to understand. Careful listening goes a long way though, so on the whole, it’s not usually a problem. Working in software, I meet a lot of non-native English speakers.

One thing I will never understand is why some non-native English speakers choose to actively change their accents and try to adopt a more “Americanized” accent. To their ears, they probably sound local, but to our ears (or at least mine), they are very clearly not local and instead sound very peculiar. Frankly, it’s more distracting to try to listen to and understand a person with this type of “cultivated” American accent then it is to listen to a person who has their own natural foreign accent. I was in the company of one such person earlier this week. She used a lot of buzzwords. Sigh. Trust me. Buzzwords + cultivated American accent = a very annoying lunch hour.

3. If (or should I say, when) you visit me, please come in October to experience optimal weather conditions here. You know that classic California weather – hot weather, sunshine, and a sparkling coast? Yup! That’s San Francisco in October. No fog! Summer’s over now though :( The fog, wind and chilly temperatures are back along with some light rain. This kind of grey weather would have definitely made me a little depressed in Toronto, but I guess I’m a true San Franciscan now because last weekend, when I saw fog for the first time in a few weeks, I actually smiled. It was like seeing an old friend again!

4. I met a Sudanese taxi cab driver earlier this week. He told me that in his opinion, the situation in Darfur was caused by the Chinese and Americans fighting over the oil in the region.


1 Comment »

  1. Well, everyone has an accent. Native speakers have an accent that is native to their place. Native english speakers from Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Liverpool, Sydney and Glasgow have very distinct accents and when they move to other places they generally do not feel ashamed of their accent. When non native speakers speak English, the accent from their mother tongue is carried through and it is part of their heritage and personality. Can you imagine Arnold Swartzenegger speaking in any accent other than German? It is indeed very annoyinh to meet someone who speaks in an obviously cultivated accent.

    Comment by Cambridgman — November 2, 2008 @ 6:38 am

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