Friday, July 11, 2008

American Accent!!!

So the angrezi or the American accent has managed to grabbed a few people I know very closely... I have a few friends staying in US... They are married and have kids... Now that the kids are grown up, they have started the school...

Was talking to one of them and she was quite excited about the fact that her kids were being educated in US... I wondered why?? What is it in US that is not present in India?? She replied that she wants her kids to talk in American accent and that can only be possible if they are educated there... oh!!! American accent... what an answer.... She thinks that her kids will be treated as 'cool' or with respect if they can speak in that accent... she really wants them to pick it up so she is going to be there for a while..

All through this conversation, I wondered what is so special about that accent. Are we not trying to project something else by talking in a different accent... If it is enhancing somebody's vocabulary, its good... But simply to pick up the accent.. This actually reminds me of people who travel overseas for some assignments for a few months/years and talk in that accent when they come back home.. It all sounds so fake and put up...

The whole emphasis on the accent was too much.. It had got nothing to do with learning proper grammar or the language but the accent.. The fact is accepted that one should talk in a proper way but specially in a way that will sound as fake will make the person appear as fake.. may be some people need that education that talking in a particular accent does not makes a person look good but talking in a right way is what is needed the most...

I may sound like who is totally against American culture but the reality is I am too Indian to accept anything else which I find is good here...

1 comment:

Cynic in Wonderland said...

thats a new one, never heard of an accent seeker before. could understand if it was for something more fundamental. heck, you can gain the accent without going anywhere. just watch enough amrikan sitcoms stting in india? isnt it?