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.
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Thanks so Much Hi, I was born in Manchester, however lived in Chester and Stockport for my early days until my family emigrated to Australia. I love the accent although I still remember my grandmother and uncles calling me """"flower"""" in a sentance and also always being called """"our Hazel"""" I have lost most of my accent after 30 years out here but still retain a lot of the speech peculiarities such as """"side the table"""" and """"give over"""" etc...... which causes much merriment to my children and husband.
mykp says: thats for that. You dont say "well i ll go to the foot of our stairs" as well do you?
Posted by: Hazel on 12 August 2012
Reet gradely yon lad I loved the vocabulary, some I have forgotten, because I am on missionary work down in the Midlands, but when I come home, it all comes flooding back. I am from Bowton and had to translatwe Fred Dibnah for my friends down here.
Keep it up, and ta
mykp says: thas welcome. ope then gets thee sen back ome sharpish.
Posted by: Sialia Sialis on 16 March 2011
Help! I have my gggrandmothers m.c. and on it the minister (or parson) says her name is Hitchen, but she has signed it what looks like Hadstone or Hatshaw, could her broad accent have confused the minister (or parson)?she was married twice in two days once in the Catholic church and once as a protestant, apparently the church insisted on this in 1832. Lurrv to hear from someone who might be able to help me, I am ozzie and we know about broad accents! Ta
Posted by: sue pinchen on 15 September 2010
A Level Drama This has been really helpful is preparation for my character development on the play ROAD (Set in Lancashire during the 80 s.) I was wondering, if it s not to much trouble, if you could possibly tell me how to pronounce some of those words and the alphabet as I am sure the way we pronounc things like book are different. I m from the South East and my accent is extremely different and this would really help me in my drama A Level. Thank you so much :)
mykp says: Sorry chuck, but no.
Posted by: Leah on 11 January 2010
thanks! I am interested in the Lancashire accent because my great grandparents were born in Oldham. Since I never knew them, I was curious about their accent. Do you think it would be close to yours? Of course they left there in 1841! Thanks for your article.
mykp says: No I think the accent has been diluted over the years, however certain pockets of Lancashire still retain the dialect if not all the various ways of speaking.
Posted by: Elizabeth Rose on 01 October 2009
Brilliant If only everyone could speak and be proud of our dialect!!!!! I only wish that people still wouldnt stigmatis dialect!!!!!
Posted by: Gregg Ashcroft on 11 April 2009
ACCENT was slightly helpful. I was looking for pronunciation and some sound would be good . I have a part in "Brassed Off"
mykp says: You do know the brassed off story is based in Yorkshire. a very different and some would say, strange accent :x)
Posted by: ROSS CARRICK on 26 March 2009
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