I’m starting to think with an accent

It’s happening! Also, am beginning to weigh different groups of words in the milliseconds before I speak, e.g. contemplating between saying “thanks a lot” and “thanks very much”, or “very” versus “quite”. They are similar but the latter words give off a more British vibe in my head. I feel more proper- like I’m actually going to use the vocabulary words I’ve learned in my years of English classes and books, and not rely on a broken-down vernacular (widespread in my hometown and college), through which we communicate in fragments rather than sentences. Maybe it won’t happen, but the hope and motivation to speak more clearly and well is there! (Obviously not coming across through my run-ons, but since I’m blogging to mostly Americans, can I get away with that?)

I’ve met some cool Americans on the boat tour of the  Thames and while shopping at some markets in northern London today. Am eager to meet the real British folk, who should be arriving tomorrow in time for Monday’s classes.

My mom was very vocal about offering to fund a smartphone abroad, but after much decision, I declined. I have yet to purchase a phone (sorry mom! Plan on it tomorrow!) so in the meantime, I’ve had my new pals scrawl their numbers and names on the back of a receipt. Here’s hoping that some of the magic that accompanies songs written on bar napkins will turn up in the friends department! Not planning on it, though, since I remember how at Wes’ orientation, the race to make friends is a mad dash of courage, speed-friending, and lots of disposed phone numbers after a few weeks. But that’s okay! At least I gathered some nice pictures of us! (posted below)

Vassar/flatmate, Florida, and I

Vassar/flatmate, Florida, and I

boat tour scene. May add that on the tips of the scones lay dots of that beatific CLOTTED CREAM! But only in tiny drops and unfortunately not enough to give me a feeling of coming home. Soon!

boat tour scene. May add that on the tips of the scones lay dots of that beatific CLOTTED CREAM! But only in tiny drops and unfortunately not enough to give me a feeling of coming home. Soon!

Myself, Westchester and Philly

Myself, Westchester and Philly

Niagara (NY!) and I

Niagara (NY!) and I

But as I was saying- no smartphone, yada yada. That means I don’t have access to apps or GPS or anything more mobile and high-tech than a map right now. So, I have to plan out my trips in advance- including writing down directions and important information on notepaper! (Don’t have a printer either.) Wow, do I appreciate the ease of technology now! BUT MOM, NO that doesn’t mean I want a smartphone. It’s a refreshing change, and has an end date. I’m happy to embark on this challenging experiment!

Also, some shoutouts to pals:

Marissa: I met someone from your college! In the theater department though, so you may not know them.

Elior: I was going through my picasa and this came up:

this would happen to either one of us. it did.

this would happen to either one of us. it did.

Also while shopping today there were these hilarious cards about *awkward topics* and an ad about taking old people out on Sundays and I miss you so much!

Also, Netflix is different over here! Some cool movies available!

Tomorrow I plan on scoping out some of the town on my own. It’s fun to be with friends but I know myself enough to recognize my market habits and love for moseying. I know there is much social fun to be had in the future, and I may go to a pub with friends tomorrow for dinner. Can’t wait!

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6 thoughts on “I’m starting to think with an accent

  1. I know exactly what you mean by thinking in an accent. I remember standing up straighter in England and becoming “more polite” in a really good way. I love all the updates!

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    • Haha! The study abroad administrators here say that although we Americans (and other study abroad students) are looked down upon slightly, we’re also embraced by many because we tend to be more polite than normal students. Definitely observe myself doing that. Thanks for your support! ❤

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  2. Ah, I am so jealous! But you seem to be having a lot of fun (which is what matters). It’s funny how being around people with a specific accent can get you to think in that accent, even if you don’t actually imitate their accent naturally (especially since I am so bad imitating accent). Take more pictures of the food you eat (though I know sometimes it’s so hard to remember to take pictures).

    PS: email me your address

    Love youuuu,
    Veronica

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    • Hahahah I’d love to hear you imitate an accent!
      Some more food news: The yogurt here is the BOMB. I get some of the least expensive yogurt here- cheaper because it’s made from British cows and has nothing added- and it’s amazing! SO creamy and real! I made the mistake of getting Fage greek yogurt once and realized that although that carton was actually made in Greece (!), it had nothing on British yogurt.
      Also, check out this guy Ottolenghi. He has all these restuarants in London and his food made me have a revelation the first time I tasted it. He’s the author of some cookbooks I’ve bet you’ve heard about too. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/
      xoxoxoxoxoxo Sophie

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  3. Spatulas and skies says:

    Sophie! I got to England recently. Looks like you’re having so much fun. Let me know if you want to meet up some time. I check my Wes email as often as I can!
    Michelle

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    • Michelle!!!
      Hey! Glad you’ve made it to England! I hope your stay at Oxford has started off smoothly. Of course I’d love to meet up- here or there. I’m still getting comfortable getting around London on my own, so I’m thinking it’ll be another few weeks before I go off to another place, but it will happen! Will def let you know by email, and know you’re welcome at my flat anytime you hear that London calling!
      -Sophie

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