Derby Accents

Well known dialects in England are Geordie (Tyneside), Scouse (Liverpool) and and Cockney (London).

In this BBC article, it's said that many words of Middle Ages origin are conserved in Derbyshire dialects through church, such as "thee, thou", etc.

We learned English in school in China, my teacher used tapes recorded from the Voice of American, so I was quite not used to BBC English. Now nearly ten years in this country, my ears can't stand American talking, they seem open their mouths wider and talk louder than English do, this make me feel that American are very arrogant and love to exaggerate what they are talking.

My daughter picks up some local accents at school, she says puppy as poppy, and systematically change all these words, such as up/op, come/com, touch/toch, hurry up/horry op.

But the funny thing is children can pick up an accent so quickly. When we just arrived here two years ago, our neighbour asked us if my daughter were born in Northern Ireland, because she can recognise one and the only words uttered by my daughter during our conversations.

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