freetown fred wrote:
I always find that the main content of my conversation with these people--wait for it--is WHAT??? WHAT??
I have found that a lot of them speak good English in the sense that they use the right words. But the pronunciation and especially the speed and rhythm are way off. Almost as bad as listening to an American from the deep South, or an Englishman.
At work we often deal with a lady from Russia. She has gotten a lot better over the last couple years, from 95% incomprehensible to 85% makes sense. Hard to complain too much, because if she offered to switch the conversation to Russian the shoe would be on the other foot.
As for the deep South, I was in a convenience store in Maine when a guy with Texas license plates came in and asked where he could get some ass. Everybody else kind of looked at one another and looked at him and thought it was the wrong place to be asking that question. But he got frustrated and irritated and kept saying, "Where can I get some ass? Ass! I need some ass! You know, to put in my cooler..."