Accents: The Pros and Cons of How We Speak
As we grow up, we no more choose the accent of our mother tongues than we do our eye color, hair color, or how much we all secretly love One Direction. No comment from me on that last one. Growing up in the southwest United States, I have a pretty non distinct American accent as the western part of the country is still too recently settled to have developed as distinct a dialect as the east. Let’s clarify accent and dialect since I’ve already thrown both words in. An accent refers to how a person pronounces words, while dialect is a broader term also encompassing the grammar, phrases, and vocabulary of language. I’m more interested in narrowing in on accents for the moment. To be honest, I’ve never been one to pick up on even the subtle accents of the States. I lived in Chicago for years and rarely heard the Chicago accent that so many were said to have.
Immersing Into Castilian Spanish
Acquainting Ourselves With Castilian
We’ve been in Madrid for two weeks now and we haven’t been wasting anytime. Between finding an apartment, attempting to meet new people, and planning a few Spain trips and French getaways, we’ve been keeping ourselves occupied. Still, we’ve not forgotten our goal of improving our Spanish. From day one we’ve been mesmerized, somewhat perplexed, and often down right annoyed with the Spanish accent. It’s hard enough to learn a new language, but changing up the accent while we’re still learning has not enhanced our comprehension.