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A Foreigner at Home: When Your Accent Works Against You

Perhaps the best article I have ever read on this topic. And, as an aside, it applies to moving to different regions of the United States as well.


Growing up in the American south, I was always acutely aware of accents. I can remember clearly my mother scolding me for adding extra syllables to words, an unmistakable twang that betrayed me as an Alabama girl. “The word is ‘bat’!” she would say. “Not ‘bah-yat’!”

I went to an expensive prep school, well known in part because of the eloquent, well-spoken young men and women it produces. I knew from a young age that the way I spoke sounded more like the people on CNN than the people down my street. I wore this as a badge of honor.

When I decided to come to England for university, it seemed like my accent would only prove to be an advantage. I assumed, somewhat correctly, that an American accent here has the same effect as a British one in the US. I assumed, completely falsely, that everyone in my university would be intelligent…

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Wonderlost Wednesday: Blenheim Palace

Wanderlust: Becoming a Traveler

Blenheim Palace

I’ve visited a lot of palaces and castles on my travels and seen them from the inside, however, nothing beats Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England – not even Buckingham Palace. Never having belonged to royalty but aristocracy (including the Spencer-Churchill family), the palace is the only non-royal residens in England to hold the title of ’palace’ – for good reasons! As such, not only does the palace have the majestic feel of a true palace including the building itself as well as the interior, it also has stunning gardens with sculptures, water fountains and lakes along with spectacular history.
If you ever find yourself in the nabourhood, please, do check it out. I promise, it would not have been in vain.

xo P!

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Tired Tuesday

Braman's Wanderings

I am really tired tonight and I am trying to figure out what to write about.

Jet lag is the biggest contributor, but 10 hour days while teaching class and horrible commutes are also taking a toll.

Sydney Harbour - February 2014 - Winter Olympics Sochi - Winter Olympics in SummerMy trip next month will not have bad commutes as I will have just a short walk from the hotel to the office. However, I will have a long flight to get there.

Fall Color, Canada, Ontario, Red LeavesThe trip next month will also be a contrast to the trip that I just returned from. In Canada the fall color is beautiful and they are getting ready for winter.

Summer in Australia - Summer Down Under - Australian ParkIn Sydney spring will be ending and summer will be on the way. Flowers will be blooming and the days will be getting warmer. The days will also be longer which will be nice since I have been driving home from work this week after sunset.

Nando's Quarter Chicken - Nando's Hot Peri Peri Sauce - Pourtuguese Style ChickenI am also…

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