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Being a foreigner in America is amazing most of the time. You're super proud of your heritage, but when you're trying to have a regular conversation without having to explain where you were born, or where you grew up, or where your parents are from, that charming accent of yours can quickly become the bane of your existence. These are the times when you wish you could just have a good ol' Southern twang, or an inconspicuous West Coast inflection.
1. People interrupt you every two sentences to ask you where you're from.It's a fair question, but maybe wait 'til I'm not talking about why I'm qualified for this new job. Like, at least pretend you have any interest at all inwhatI'm saying? Thanks a bunch!
2. On the other hand, people who don't ask often assume you're from somewhere you're not.If I had a dime for every person who asked me if I was Australian (which I'm super not), I'd be able to fly to Australia. For the record, I was born in France with an English mother, and I went to college in California. Basically, my accent is British going on American, which is why it's so hard to place.
3. You have to change how you say some things.Have you tried ordering water or tomatoes in a British accent? No? Good. Don't. Asking for to-mah-toes in my sandwich and a cup for war-tuh makes a trip to Subway my very own breed of personal hell. I usually repeat my order about three times before faking my best American accent, at which point I just sound like I'm making fun of the server.
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