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Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?

MechanicalWalrus 2009/07/01 20:57:00
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This verbal class distinction, by now, should be antique.
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  • MechanicalWalrus 2009/07/01 21:01:10
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    MechanicalWalrus
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    There are some places where English altogether disappears; in America they haven't spoken it for years.

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  • QueenShebaVIII 2009/07/13 19:01:49
    OMG !11!!!1!1! YOU WHINY LIBERAL!!!11
    QueenShebaVIII
    I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't live in England, but I do live right next to England, in Wales (so I am British). English people speak English well enough... they use slang terms and pronouce words differently in different places - that just makes them different, not wrong.
  • Mechani... QueenSh... 2009/07/13 23:26:44
    MechanicalWalrus
    "My Fair Lady."

    It was an English musical.

    There's a song in it where an English professor sings about how the English don't teach their children how to speak.

  • QueenSh... Mechani... 2009/07/14 16:56:51
    QueenShebaVIII
    Audrey Hepburn's voice irritates me too much to watch her films. O_o
  • Mechani... QueenSh... 2009/07/14 17:03:17
    MechanicalWalrus
    But..

    But she's so pretty!

    And she's a half-decent actor.
  • QueenSh... Mechani... 2009/07/14 17:05:37
    QueenShebaVIII
    She's okay looking. And I can't really tell if she's a good actor or not if I dont' watch her films. xP I hated what I saw of Breakfast at Tiffany's though. (At least I think that's what it was.)
  • Mechani... QueenSh... 2009/07/14 17:12:45
    MechanicalWalrus
    Fair enough. I thought Breakfast at Tiffany's was decent, but not worth watching twice.

    Unlike Jurassic Park..
  • QueenSh... Mechani... 2009/07/14 17:30:00
    QueenShebaVIII
    Okay.
    Jurassic Park scared me too much. xD
  • Mechani... QueenSh... 2009/07/14 17:33:49
    MechanicalWalrus
    Sleepless in Seattle scared the living fuck out of me.

    sleepless seattle scared living fuck
  • QueenSh... Mechani... 2009/07/14 17:39:30
    QueenShebaVIII
    Haha. It just bored me. xP
  • Mechani... QueenSh... 2009/07/14 17:42:06
    MechanicalWalrus
    You're really hard to please.

    So what did you like?
  • QueenSh... Mechani... 2009/07/14 19:47:53
    QueenShebaVIII
    O_O Umm, anything by Tim Burton, Donnie Darko, Rebel Without a Cause, Some Like It Hot, Brokeback Mountain, Miss Potter... probably loads more... xP
  • purpleicecreamvan<3 2009/07/03 22:52:38 (edited)
    OMG !11!!!1!1! YOU WHINY LIBERAL!!!11
    purpleicecreamvan<3
  • Mechani... purplei... 2009/07/06 01:59:42
    MechanicalWalrus


    It was a joke. My Fair Lady?

    Some Englishmen you are.
  • BreakingThrough 2009/07/02 17:15:49
    An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him, the moment he tal...
    BreakingThrough
    I'm not really sure what your talking about. Is this about how the english language is dissapearing? Or is it about American's have poor language skills these days? Or is this about neither of the things I have menchioned and I'am off track by a long shot?
  • Mechani... Breakin... 2009/07/02 18:39:46
  • HI-DE 2009/07/02 04:00:53
    Hear them down in Soho square, dropping "h's" everywhere:
    HI-DE
    +1
    "the rain in Spain stays mainly in hear soho square dropping hs rain spain stays the plain"
  • Mechani... HI-DE 2009/07/02 18:39:13
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1
    By George, she's got it!

    Now, once again where does it rain?

    george shes rain
  • Judex D... Mechani... 2009/07/03 00:07:36
    Judex Dirum
    +2
    On the plain! On the plain!
  • Mechani... Judex D... 2009/07/03 00:10:03
    MechanicalWalrus
    And where's that soggy plain?
  • Judex D... Mechani... 2009/07/09 22:05:11
    Judex Dirum
    +1
    In Spain! In Spain!

    (Wow we are so weird.)
  • Mechani... Judex D... 2009/07/10 03:18:21
    MechanicalWalrus
    The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

    The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!


    In Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire..?

    (We are manifestations of our repressed and tortured upbringings.)
  • Judex D... Mechani... 2009/07/12 00:27:06
    Judex Dirum
    +1
    Well, my upbringing isn't over yet =D
  • Mechani... Judex D... 2009/07/12 16:17:12
    MechanicalWalrus
    It never is.
  • Deadby13 2009/07/01 22:57:09
    OMG !11!!!1!1! YOU WHINY LIBERAL!!!11
    Deadby13
    +1
    That's mean. Hmmph.
  • Mechani... Deadby13 2009/07/01 22:59:19 (edited)
    MechanicalWalrus
    If you spoke as they, sir, instead of the way you do, why..

    You might be selling flowers, too!

    spoke sir selling flowers
  • Deadby13 Mechani... 2009/07/01 23:00:48
    Deadby13
    +1
    WTF?! Haha.
  • Mechani... Deadby13 2009/07/01 23:03:33
    MechanicalWalrus
    It's true.

    You too.

    true
  • Judex Dirum 2009/07/01 22:37:51
    Hear them down in Soho square, dropping "h's" everywhere:
    Judex Dirum
    +1
    Because they're not Henry Higgins?

    hear soho square dropping hs henry higgins
  • Mechani... Judex D... 2009/07/01 22:47:25
    MechanicalWalrus
    Just you wait!

    wait

    (That's atleast partially why)
  • G 2009/07/01 22:28:32
    OMG !11!!!1!1! YOU WHINY LIBERAL!!!11
    G
    +2
    Your poetic responses make me weep tears of joy.
  • Aysohmay 2009/07/01 21:38:22
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    Aysohmay
    +1
    I don't see the big deal. Its like different accents. It would be like me say "The south needs to teach their children to speak" because they talk with a southern drawl.
  • Mechani... Aysohmay 2009/07/01 21:46:29 (edited)
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1
    Norwegians learn Norwegian, and the Greeks are taught their Greek.

    Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?


    *But comedic verse aside, I agree*
  • Dead Star ~ In MUSE I trust 2009/07/01 21:06:50 (edited)
    Hear them down in Soho square, dropping "h's" everywhere:
    Dead Star ~ In MUSE I trust
    +2
    The majority of us do. I was at drama a few weeks ago and we had to do vocal warm ups. We had to say 'The third, fourth, fifth and the sixth threads.

    About 4 people said 'The fird, fourf, fifth and sixf freads.'

    It really bugs me. I must have been so annoying when I was about 7 or 8, I used to teach my friends to speak properly by writing them out sentences for them to read.

    I know for a fact I can talk properly and I'm English, it's just that a vast amount of us can't.

    Some people might say that 'Oh, but language is evolving! It's been evolving for years.'

    Yes, I agree, the English language is meant to evolve. But into something better.
  • Mechani... Dead St... 2009/07/01 21:15:15
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1
    I meant it half-jokingly, but yeah: you're right. I spent a few years in Cheltenham and you do hear a lot of variation (not so much there other than the passive stuff, but around the place; further north for example and heading west as far as I can tell).

    I shouldn't really be talking though, I've got a really awkward Australian-French-American accent. I do pronounce my words using English conventions, and my inflection is pretty ambiguous, but it's definitely not queen's English by any means.

    By the way where in England are you?
  • Dead St... Mechani... 2009/07/01 21:17:19
    Dead Star ~ In MUSE I trust
    +2
    Yorkshire :D People don't believe I'm from Yorkshire though, because I don't have the normal broad Yorkshire accent people have here.
  • Mechani... Dead St... 2009/07/01 21:22:44
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1
    Yorkshire!?

    I thought you meant people around like the central region, or maybe in the sub-London area. I'm not surprised you hear people deviate from standard English.

    Personally, I find the accent sort of cute. In a dangerous and tomboyish sort of way. But still, cute is cute.
  • Dead St... Mechani... 2009/07/01 21:25:47
    Dead Star ~ In MUSE I trust
    +2
    Haha, well, still, the way some of the people speak...it's bad even for Yorkshire!

    My mum works in a shop up in a quite rough area, where the people there can't speak properly at all. Someone came in and asked for what sounded like 'pois', so she thought he meant some kinda of fruit...turns out he meant 'pork pies'
  • Mechani... Dead St... 2009/07/01 21:28:23
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1


    Funny.

    Yeah, it's weird because that area as far as I know is famous for pies.. you'd think that pie would be one word they pronounce straight as an arrow.
  • Dead St... Mechani... 2009/07/01 21:40:02
    Dead Star ~ In MUSE I trust
    +2
    Haha, and the way people talk at school...oh it's awful! 'That's bare pain' or things like that...it doesn't make sense...

    That's the chavs though...usually, the chavs aren't the sharpest tools in the shed ;)
  • Mechani... Dead St... 2009/07/01 21:51:29 (edited)
    MechanicalWalrus
    +1
    *Edited to remove the "haha"* I remember chavs. I wish I didn't, but they do end up providing a constant (somewhat ominously looming) source of humor for anyone who's been in contact with them.

    I almost forgot about them having been out of England so long.

    I'm going back for a few years though, so I should prepare myself (by July 22nd!).

    looming source humor contact forgot england years prepare july 22nd

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