I have this irritation spot when meeting new people. The first thing they always notice is my accent. Fo' shizzle they'll ask, "So are you local?" or "Where are you from?" Then I'll give a forced smile and ask them to guess to roughly estimate their I.Q. or general knowledge.
I've gotten a lot of dubious answers. Seems like the only country they know is Amelica. Yeah, I had a few saying Australia or England for their second choice. Obviously, they can't tell the difference between an English, Australian or American accent. They just know it's foreign and most probably Western. I even had one that answered China. Way to go.
What gets me more pissed is when people asked why my accent hasn't change. I haven't realized that either, I've been in Singapore for 3 years and in Malaysia for 5. One person (ahem Yeehoe) would batter me by repeating my sentences in an Malaysian accent and make me follow. O gawd, the pain.
First thing I wonder is, why the hell would I want a Malaysian accent? Not to put you guys down or anything, it's part of your 'culture' eh, nationality so I'm not discriminating. Why the hell would I wanna pronounce photographer as photo-grapher when it's supposed to be enunciated as pho-tog-rapher.
Like I said, no offence. Many words are mispronounced if I were to follow the horrid accent, the wrong pitch in a bad speech. I'd rather be mute and learn sign language. Hearing other people read disturbs me, especially when someone steps on stage and they start talking really confidently oblivious to their verbal errors.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not fantastic in public speaking or know every word in the dictionary but if you wanna step on my toes about my accent, you really should listen to yours. An Indonesian girl was laughing at me for the way I spoke. It was really hard for me ignore 'cus I'm telling you, I was gonna insult her so badly. She has an Indonesian accent, small English vocabulary, unable to form a simple proper sentence in English.
I just gave her a really patronizing look. I didn't wanna be so serious anyways, she was after all, my cell group mate and sowing seeds of sarcasm wouldn't be such a good idea. I don't even talk to her anymore. The way you talk influences people.
I remember my cousins graduated in the U.K. and they came back to J.B. and when we were conversing, I started talking really weirdly. It took me a moment to talk straight. Same goes for me, I've had a handful of new people either intimidated by my accent or unknowingly influenced and spoke in a strange tone.
Been there, I totally understand. I get intimidated by people smarter than me, prettier than me, popular than me. I know I'm not a genius, drop-dead gorgeous or very well-known. I just want to reach my full potential of everything I have.
My e-mail, when people ask for it over the phone and I give it. "Missyve," I would say.
"I'm sorry, what?"
"I-S-S," continuing "Yve, Y-V-E."
"Har? What's that?"
"My middle name. Dash."
"Meeezyev-e... not underscore?"
"Yes, dash (-)."
Makes me feel like making an e-mail address like firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll believe me now when I spell out my address for you, wontcha? Not wanting to be rude, I didn't shout, "I THINK I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DASH AND AN UNDERSCORE." Nor do I want to hang up the phone and ruin the friendly vibe. I know, major attitude problem. I'm working on it, STILL PRAYING!
FAQs (reread, not FAGS), I hate them. I was asked the same question for hundreds of times. I don't even wanna tell people I'm homeschooled anymore 'cus immediately they'll ask how it works and the whole 'annual examination interrogation' proceeds. Why don't you just bloody type Homeschool in Wikipedia and get yourself some extra knowledge than bugging people with dumb questions.
One last complaint. I promise(for this entry). People say rubber when they're referring to an eraser. They ask you to buy Pampers for your baby rather than diapers. What's up with the whole branding? This American I met last year told me that in America they asked what flavored Coke they wanted. As in, what soft drink would they want.
It's so commercialized, advertisements are brainwashers. I tell you to buy a new cellphone, not "buy a Nokia/Sony Ericsson." "Pass me my phone please" not pass me that compact-device-that-is-able-to-receive-and-send-calls-and-messages-and-has-a-2-megapixel-camera-built-in-it. The next time you wanna call an object by it's material, care to enlighten me on all the elements as well.
All I'm saying is that it ain't so hard saying eraser. Making excuses for your sucky sentences, copying other people's words that you can't comprehend and laughing at others really shows a lot. I don't want to continue misusing a word if I have mistaken it's definition, I wouldn't mind people correcting me, teaching me to improve myself. I just don't get why they can't admit it and work harder if they wanna use this language so much.