I think everyone can agree on being influenced by the environment we live in. Some of us more, some of us less but from what I have been observing, everyone gets bits from there and bits from somewhere else. And yeah, there are people that are able to change their natural accent just when traveling to a different part of their own country
Here are some funny facts I collected in those 2 years of studying my International Math Master Degree.
Bad English Accent
Living in Italy, one would expect your English gains a slight hinT oF D italiaN acceNT. Hm.. luckily or unfortunately, it is not that easy. Life in foreign language with another 30 foreigners means your foreign language, English in this case, will get a funny accent. But it is more like one funny accent for each word. As the right mixture of those 30 accents you are surrounded by.
Oh, you are a English native, so this is not your ‘problem’. But isn’t it really? ‘ever heart of the, continental, English, with, a lot of, hand, gestures, speaking, as, slow, and, as, clear, as possible?
A extended Erasmus version of ‘a’ language
Doesn’t your flat mate know how to use prepositions? Is one of you having such a sweet pronunciation, that you simply have to repeat it from him from time to time? Does ‘Hi popoli’ sound better than just a ‘Hello’ and 2:30pm will never ever be pronounced other than ‘too toRtee’?
Here you go! What I mean is that when living together for such a long time, you develop your own language, that indeed comes from English and in fact is cooler, nicer, and generally better, or whoever is not getting it is a looser!! but .. So even if some of your friends are expected to be the future top leading researchers and PDE experts, you just sound like a bunch of 3 years old. With a funny accent.
And an English guy having his favorite sentence ‘Das ist se cool, ja?!’
This may differ from with whom you get to live; but if you share your flat with a Colombian, and he is still happily living in this GMT-5 hours, or a Persian guy, that likes studying at night and sleep in the day time, you will find yourself trying it too. There are so many people living in GMT-5, it can’t be bad, can it!
Food and drinks, dining and cooking style
Are you being proud of your healthy diet, trying to eat as least processed foods as possible, a lot of veg and fruit? Or do you come from Mexico where you are not a man unless eating a chilly starting at the age of 5? Then you might find yourself searching for a chilly powder in the flat where everyone has stomach issues (understand: back home) and being addicted on gravy (understand: Emulsifier^n (n –> oo) ), drinking Ayran whenever you find it, or finding all of the other food too boring and having no taste at all.
And I will never forget the horrible sweet seed we got from a friend from Cameroon, that made even water after that tasting sweet. Ehmm.
Being very self confident and organized, generally happy and generally relaxed? Wait for a stressed flatmate or a too casual boyfriend, you will see what it does to your generally happy and relaxed.
Being the top of the class thinking that those barely passing have nothing to bring to your life? You may realize they will be those you will meet in your future life the most.
Or you can just have a general break down, if you don’t feel you have enough optimistic people around you. Etc.
How did other cultures influence me when traveling or being Erasmus?
I love Ayran (thanks Turkey, thanks Iran). I am living my life more comfortable as I used to, remembering the priorities (thanks Englad). I understand that Slovakia is not a bad country at all. I learnt to eat Chilly (gracias, Mexico). I realised that not everyone from Iran is a terrorist and despite claiming that I am doing my best to get rid of prejudices, this has definitely help a lot! And some other stuff that I will keep for myself
Life in foreign language
All of these things are very cool (ja!), great fun, some great arguments as well, or being miserable for 6 months but I guess you need to try it, go through it, take the good bits and find your way in between all of them.
You know, unless you are jerk, the most important thing is to stay who you are. Slight modifications are, of course, welcomed Have you realized the article was published at two toRty?