Have you ever stopped in the middle of a conversation to think consciously about what accent you’re speaking in? To check if you’re pronouncing things ‘correctly’?
Thus begins my latest TCK essay entitled ‘What accent are you?‘ published just yesterday by Denizen, a highly acclaimed ‘online magazine and community dedicated to people who grew up in multiple countries, international school alumni, or Third Culture Kids.’
Now my faithful readers might be thinking, ‘Wait a minute, haven’t I already read something related to accents on your blog?’ You’re absolutely right. Back in September 2014, I wrote the post ‘Accents of the English Language‘ which documented my English accent transformations, starting from Singaporean English, to American English, to British English, and finally to Mid-Atlantic English.
Essentially, this latest essay contains many of the same points made in that post, but it’s much less a rambling rant (my blog post was pretty much a dump of undeveloped stream-of-consciousness) and more a coherent, properly-structured memoir. Plus, I’ve added several never-before-seen-or-told photos and amusing anecdotes. So please have a read, and if you like it, please share it!
Special thanks to my editor, Steph Yiu, who is also the founder of Denizen! A fellow TCK, she has lived in Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Edinburgh, Portland, Chicago and Boston. She has also written a humorous essay regarding her accent experiences (like me, she attended an American school) which you can read here: ‘The white lies TCKs tell‘. Follow her on Twitter and check out her blog.
In fact, if you’re a TCK who wants to read well-written personal stories to feel a sense of solidarity or articles for advice, do browse around Denizen—it’s a great site, created by TCKs for TCKs. If you’re not a TCK, and you’re wondering what in the world is a TCK, you can start here: ‘Third Culture Kids‘; or you can read my previous article here: ‘TCKs: Children of the World‘.
BONUS: if you read ‘What accent are you?‘ and you’re dying to know what my Transatlantic accent sounds like, you can watch a bunch of YouTube videos of my friend BradfromBradford and I discussing the differences between British and American English here: ‘Talking British‘. I’m supposedly speaking Mid-Atlantic English with British inflections. Maybe. I think. Who knows. What do you think?