2011年1月27日木曜日

Aussie seeking Aussie(s)

Aussie seeking Aussie(s) for friendship, mateship and conversation!

Agghhhh! Can't believe I said ANZAC cookies. I think my family just disowned me. On the spot. Saying cookies is akin to calling Z Zeee or culling the u from all your favo(u!)rite words- all big no-nos in my family. I remember being about 13 and mad keen on Bon Jovi. My grandma told me off for singing Young Gun in an American accent. How do you sing Young gun without an American accent??

But yes. Caught big time. I slipped. In my defence I am surrounded by North Americans here. My boss is from the States, the other guys at work are from Canada and the states, my closest (geograhically) foreign friends are from the States, too....

The only Aussie I know here at all is a British expat anyway....

I didn't sell out and chameleon myself instantly- it's more of a gradual thing. My boss is a fabulous cook and sometimes we swap recipes or (even better!) samples. But we get stuck a lot talking about sultanas/ raisins, rissoles/ sausage/ sausages, grits/ polenta (not sure on that one) icing/ frosting, cookies/ biscuits/ scones, tea, dinner, supper etc etc the list goes on and on.

Combine that with the constant teasing about my accent (you're from Oklahoma and I'm the one with the accent???) and the occasional word that really doesn't compute- dag, bumbag, thongs... and yep, I've adapted my English. Guilty as charged.

It's not just written English either. The other night I was on skype with my amazing friend H in Saitama (British) and she stopped me pretty much at hello and told me to turn off my teaching voice as I still sounded American....

And while I'm pretty sure- almost certainly sure- that I'm only borrowing from other versions of English, Meg swears the other day I said su-trawberries. As in a mangled version of the revoltingly difficult to spit out Japanesified sutorouberii and strawberry. She hasn't let up on hassling me about it and keeps threatening to tell everyone at work that I can't teach English anymore because I don't know how to speak it properly myself.

So yup, my English needs help. My Aussie English is pretty critical. Pretty crook, mate. Yup, Aussie seeking Aussie to join her gang, er posse, er mob! I'll bring the ANZAC bikkies. (surely that's what real Asutralians say- biscuits is for the Poms right?)

3 件のコメント:

A さんのコメント...

Never mind. I read your post and didn't even notice!

So that means Aussie friends who also live in Japan are probably no good as "mates".

BTW, apple Kit-kats were great :)
Thank you.

Little Matt さんのコメント...

Well, I guess I can forgive your earlier un-Australian lingo with this latest post. :)

Though, to be honest, I'm not sure I noticed until you mentioned it.

Heh, I like the su-trawberries though.

Stay warm, and hugs and kisses to the girls.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Ahh two fellow Aussies (and one IN Oz) didn't notice. Feeling less like a traitor every day. Glad you liked the apple kitkats and Matt the girls say thank you. They can hardly pick on sutrawberry when they call you Anko Matt!