You know I was once told the following by one of my bosses “Mike, you´re an intelligent lad and you´ll go far if you could just lose your accent”
My response to this was something along the lines of “What the **** has my accent got to do with the price of fish?” I didn´t work there very long, my boss was an idiot!
Its not the only time I´ve been told my accent is a problem, when I worked for Ocean software I used to work on the customer service line and was told a few times by customers, “I´m sorry I don´t understand your accent”, Mind you the other lad I used to work with had a broad mancunian accent and once received a letter from a satisfied client which read “The phone was answered by the most aggressive man with a mancunian accent……although he did solve my problem, many thanks.”
I dont sound like George Formby and I don´t see my accent as a problem as even my Japanese wife and her English speaking friends and family can understand me if I don´t speak in slang.
However if I do speak in slang, then unless your another Lancastrian then you may not understand. This is why I have included a few Lancastrian phrases and words so that you might understand any words I say to you.
My accent is part of who I am, I am a Lancastrian, and it says so on my Birth Certificate.