Accents- Funny or prejudice?

Accents- A microcosm

Why do different accents sound funny when you clearly know a non-native speaker of that language  is attempting something out of their comfort zone? Just on the subject of English accents, a myriad accents you come across just in the Continental United States.

Why do people feel the compulsive need to belittle a manner of speaking that sounds different? So much so that stand up comedians have made it into a fine art to evoke laughter by pandering to the illiterate desires of their audience, so much so that it totally reeks of prejudice. Humor to some extent is quite welcoming and especially so when it is delivered without a touch of prejudice. But the humor turns into incessant mockery, lines have to be drawn. And anecdotally, how about grammatical correctness that is conspicuous by absence in the colloquial “native” English speaking people? Do you feel the need to mock it or do you feel sorry for them?

A hard working immigrant is trying to make a new life and if this land is indeed a land of opportunities and while doing so, they are attempting to grasp a foreign language. Why is that funny?

Speaking to them  in a loud slow manner is not the solution you morons. Learn to respect other cultures and remember, their English is better than your Spanish, French, Hindi or Mandarin.

 

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Author: Ashok Iyengar

A published author and a Project Management professional I love to travel, mentor and network. Writing my travelogues, commentaries on political and social issues I create meaningful conglomerations between the west and east. I live in the Washington DC metro area. Just started a new journey with assisting teaching Project Management classes at GWU, Washington DC

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