I've been getting a lot of comments about my accent and not that it's American. I get asked if I'm Canadian or that they can't place the accent. It's from living in London. On the one hand, that's cool, I guess. On the other hand, English people sound gay so not cool.
But why particularly in Scotland? I can only think of one time this happened in London.
I guess because Scottish people are less familiar with English accents. There's something in this but I can't quite articulate it. An English person would know what an English person sounds like but Scottish people are less sure. So to them, if you sound a little bit English, you could very well be English. Or Canadian.
I wonder if in the US they'd detect something isn't quite right.
I'm sure that if I went to Canada nobody would think I'm a native. I don't think that I sound Canadian so much as it's a slight mix of accents. I've had to change pronunciations of stuff because nobody in England knew what I was saying. And it goes from there. Not that I say, "ur-EYE-nal". Or "schedule" with an "sh" sound. Or "tomato" the gay way.
Actually, I heard a Scottish guy saying "urinal" and it was more or less the American way. Same with "schedule". "Tomato" is still the gay English way, though.
It's a small thing but it's genuinely nice to live in a country that pronounces "urinal" correctly. "ur-EYE-nal" is just ridiculous.
I haven't noticed any odd pronunciations in Scotland. It's just that it's sometimes a bit incomprehensible. Many of them don't speak clearly.
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