Being in England
Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
168Trip End Oct 15, 2008
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I have to say, I thought I would loose my Aussie accent, but it is still going strong. And I am quite proud of the fact. Its not that I don't like the English accent, but it just doesn't sound so foreign and exciting when you actually live here.
I have had to get used to a few different phrases and terms that are used over here. One is the way that you get greeted. Hi-ya, is used quite a lot, it was quite sweet to hear when I first came over, but it is starting to grate on me now. Another way they say hello is to say "Hi you alright?", or for the lazy "You right?" This is very confusing, as they have no intention of actually finding out if you are alright at all. Most people don't even stick around for the answer. I really don't like people saying this to me as I have no idea how to answer it. Should I just say "hi" back or should I say "good thanks" or should I just throw it straight back at them? I usually end up mumbling something and feeling stupid.
Another one that can get you into trouble over here is that undies are called 'pants' over here, and pants are called trousers. This one can get you into a lot of trouble. I am lucky I have only told a patient that they can keep their 'pants' on, but one of Dave's teacher mates got himself into a sticky situation. He had to take a class for PE and as the boys were not getting change quick enough for his liking he told the boys to 'hurry up and take your pants off!' One boy replied that they don't normally have to take their pants off for PE, and the rest started to look a little shy............ Another one of Dave's friends got caught out in the rain and told her class of 9 year olds that she was sorry she was late but she wet her pants.......
Well now that I have bored you all, I shall take my leave.