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2011 3 Jul

A Dublin Accent

von: Jochen Siemer Filed under: Blog | TB | Tags:  3 Comments

Once hitchhiking in Ireland, an elderly couple picked me up. After a while of nice conversation the Lady turned her head and asked me, who was sitting on the backseat
of the car: „Are you from Dublin, Dear? You´ve got a Dublin Accent!“

I was astonished and replied: „No, Lady, I´m not irish – I am from Bremen, Germany.“
„Oh, really? Then your English is quite good“ and to her husband she said:
„He definitely has a Dublin Accent, hasnt´t he?“

I felt a little proud and took it as a compliment for years – unless one day, by chance,
i heard a Dubliner speaking in his native language and it hit me like a stroke: he sounded like a stranger, speaking in a strange language. He sounded like a guy from Bremen, who speaks like tripping over a sharp stone; who speaks like not speaking english very well.

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  1. Jochen Siemer:

    Weil das Wetter grad so ist wie es in Ireland gewöhnlich zu sein pflegt – high time for rain tree crows – dachte ich, ich poste jetzt mal diese kleine, kürzlich verfasste Anekdote. Hope you didn´t mind my dublin accent while reading it ;)

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:


  3. Jochen Siemer:

    Well, they don´t – they play it on guitar!
    (and they like it)

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