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Speaking English with a Foreign Accent

Do English-speaking foreigners understand you better if you speak English with a foreign accent? A Californian says that on a recent visit to Armenia, he discovered the locals had an easier time if he spoke English with an Armenian accent. Is this...

call centre couple

call centre couple  n.— «For instance, the Indian consumer is changing very rapidly. We are seeing the emergence of what I call “call centre couples”—young, college-educated, stressed people. They don’t want their parents living with them...

boat

boat  n.— «Edison Senat learned how to speak English in five months. The 26-year-old Haiti native didn’t want to be tagged as “boat,” a derogatory term referring to immigrants. So he made it a point to speak it as often as he...

interdesperse

interdesperse  v.— «Jamaicans speak English, but it’s so interdespersed with slang and colloquialisms that it often hard to decipher.» —“Regiment’s school project is a class act” by Johnny Caldwell in...

vernac

vernac  adj.— «There is the image, that to be successful, you have to speak English, wear a certain kind of clothes, frequent certain kind of places.” Says 14-year-old Rachna: “I can’t think of mixing with the vernac types...

Foblish

Foblish  n.— «Or you are just speaking “foblish.” Foblish=Fob’s English. Fob = L.A. people’s term for new immigrants that can’t speak English correctly.» —T Today (Taipei, Taiwan) Oct. 2, 2002. (source: Double...