I have to say that every single South African I have ever met has been nice, so I probably ought to go there on holiday!
But the SAs and the New Zealanders do fascinate me with their accents. I just heard an interview on the radio about the world cup and it occurred to me that it’s not a very good year to have it there, since they can’t even say it properly.
Of course, people can speak however they want, but if it’s ambiguous then that’s a problem. I mean, we know what they mean by Twinty but how do they say the world “tin” if they want to?
And how so they say “Have you got a pin?” – “You mean a pen? “No, a pin”
(When I was a sboolboy I was attacked by a bat. A cat? no, a bat)
While enjoying flight of the Conchords I made the following list of words which they can’t say:
- did I miss any?
And is there a difference between the SA and the NZ pronunciation of vowels?
I’d also like a handy word that would help me tell the difference between Canadians and Americans, which I could then wait for them to say…