Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 579

Saying things in the English accent

I still don’t mind if Americans want me to talk to them just so they can get off on my accent. That’s cool with me. I guess it could be considered that I am pimping out my voice at parties and stuff, but hey, whatevs, my parents and my husband will just be happy I’m not ACTUALLY being pimped out, I’m sure.:)

Buggery hell, I will!

Buggery hell, I will!

Anyway, this repeated request from Americans that goes like this: ‘oooh, say something in your Englisher accent to me!’ gets on the nerves of some Brits, it appears. But not me, I’m a talker and I love saying all sorts of wotnot in my British accent. It’s helped me out no end in the USofA, so chat on, I say.

What has amused me greatly are some of the phrases that some of my British chums are asked to say by their American chums.

Cop a load of these!

‘I have a friend that keeps asking me to say “washing up liquid”!’

‘My friends think it is wonderful every time I say “have you got any sellotape?”!’

‘My American boyfriend likes it when I say “get some kitchen roll”!’

‘I have friends that make me say “pass the water” again and again!’

My friends just like it when I swear in British, mostly. πŸ™‚

Tell me expats of Aussie, British, German, French or any other descent, what do your American friends like you to say in your accent?!

Americans can’t say the word ‘brilliant’

Sigh, try as I might, I have not come across ANY American who can say the word ‘brilliant’ in a convincing British accent. Not one American I’ve come across says it the way we say it. They just can’t seem to get the intonation right.

So I made a video to help, because it really is one of life’s essential things that you must perfect if you want to be a convincing Brit and not sound like Dick Van Bloody Dyke. I say, sod the UK Citizenship test back home and just get people just to say ‘brilliant’ a lot until they get it right.

(FYI, I look back to front in this cos I selfied it! πŸ˜‰ )

Till next time folks!

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9 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 579

  1. Sally says:

    I was asked to say “I’m going to do my knitting” !! Whatever that was all about 😳

  2. Mindy Helms says:

    “Brilliant.” πŸ™‚

  3. Lesley Allen says:

    Nobody understands me when I ask for water, its so embarrassing to be asked to repeat it all the time in restaurants. It must be something to do with the way they say it around here! If I substitute a D in the middle, they understand. Try it next time.

  4. Shauna Vargas says:

    You’re right, we just don’t do that word justice. Not to mention that we only use it to describe someone who is extremely intelligent. You Brits use it for just about everything! Lol. As for the word ‘water’ there is a funny video on YouTube of British children being asked to say it with an American accent. It’s funny having the tables turned. πŸ˜‚

  5. Catherine Tverstol says:

    Isn’t that the truth.Park the car another.

  6. iotamanhattan says:

    And the one word that no Brit can say in an American accent is “mirror”. Waaaay too much rrrr going on there. “Mirror”, and “murderer”.

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