I love accents.
Tonight, walking home from an incredible sprint to the train station, which was through the ridiculously cold weather (causing my throat, all the way down into my chest, to burn most of the way back home), in order for a friend to catch the last train home for the night, I called up a different friend of mine, just to check in and say a ten-minute “Hello.”
Now, I don’t have many acquaintances who are Australian, and I see and speak with them rather rarely. So, whenever I talk with this particular friend, who, naturally, is Australian, I am delighted with the mini surprises the accent provides me in conversation. I am accustomed to the British and Canadian and US English accents, and even the New Zealander accent. But that Australian one just drives me so goofy (Yes, I realize that is not a standard phrase, but let’s roll with it, shall we? Yes, let’s.), I get a rush of joy and giggles when it pops out, differentiating itself from the other accents to which I am accustomed.
I’m not sure how this love for accents developed, but I have a hunch it was in our societal view of foreign accents. For some reason, it is always the foreigner who is exotic and desirable above all others in a TV show or movie, or even book. Sure, they are different from our everyday, but they are just like loads of other people in their own home countries. (You know, this really doesn’t make much sense, where I have this heading…) So, yes, they are different and thereby exotic when they are here, and not when they are back in their home countries. But why must they be so portrayed as desirable, sexy? How did that get decided, I wonder? Just a wondering, I have…
Anyway, the point of all of this was that my friend has an Australian accent, which is a new thing for me (my first full-time Australian friend, you see), and it always surprises me when things end up being pronounced a different way than I had subconsciously expected, and it makes me smile and giggle with delight every time. So, thank you, God, for the cuteness and wonderfulness of various accents in our world. 🙂