Accents are cool, right? You hear a foreign sound and instantly you’re intrigued and want to know more. I have always liked foreign accents and am personally quite partial to the South African accent. People from other countries tend to love the Australian accent, which I must tell you has come in handy a number of times... especially in my single days.
My four sisters and I are all travelers. We’ve all lived overseas at some point or another. We’ve all been to a number of foreign countries and think our overseas adventures have been some of the best times of our lives. Two of us have lived in Colorado, but not at the same time. Another lived in Virginia. This past week, the last two sisters returned from their overseas adventures – one returned from studying in Canada and the other from serving a mission in Idaho.
Our travels have all had different motivations and different results. Some friendships, some fiancés, and some deeper relationships with Heavenly Father. But one thing has been common.
Upon our return, we all found the Australian accent hard to listen to. It was like nails down a chalk board.
As we discussed why we felt this way, we came up with this analogy. Imagine you are living in a little bubble where all you hear is Mormon Tabernacle Choir. That’s all you listen to all day long. Gentle, soothing sounds where words are spoken slowly and rhythmically, where words are pronounced fully and easily understood. Then, one day a rude next door neighbor starts playing Bon Jovi. Sure, you don’t mind Bon Jovi, but it’s not soothing and gentle. His voice is a bit harsh, he speaks quickly and you can’t quite understand everything he says. He grates on your nerves and he kinda irritates you. You want to punch him in the face.
This is what it is like hearing the Australian accent after not really hearing it for a year. It’s a harsh sound, with badly slurred words all run together quickly.
Luckily the hate is just a phase and it eventually becomes normal again. Phew.
If you too would like to sound harsh, slurred, and mildy Australian, click this youtube clip. He focusses a bit much on the stereotypical facets, but it's still a crack up. Try it out :)