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 Post subject: Re: Being a Chalet School mistress
PostPosted: 23 Mar 2017, 12:04 
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Aquabird wrote:
A Dutch friend of mine speaks absolutely flawless English with an American accent - I honestly thought he was American when I first heard him talk. He says he learnt English when he was in the army and spent time at a base with American and British soldiers, but that his accent does mostly come from watching American TV shows and films. Another Dutch friend, who is fluent but has a definite accent and learnt English at school, doesn't sound American at all.


I have worked with a number of Dutch people. All of them had a noticeable accent, although it was stronger in some than in others. None that I can recall had an American accent.

When I worked in Spain, the only person I can remember who was neither English nor Spanish, but spoke both languages without a noticeable accent, was a German. He was very intelligent and well-educated, and also a very nice person.

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Someone in Morocco asked me - in French - if I was German. I was very chuffed that they'd understood my French in the first place, but, whilst I freely admit that my French accent is not exactly Parisienne :lol:. I don't know where they got German from. Maybe they got a lot of German tourists there and it was their default assumption for "person whose accent is so bad that they are obviously not a native French speaker" :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Being a Chalet School mistress
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Speaking French is very useful in Morocco. I usually find it's handy if neither person is a native speaker, you feel more confident in trying it out. We discovered that I was better at speaking but my daughter was better at following what was said in reply, so we made a good team. We also discovered, rather randomly, that my son knew the French for watermelon!

Re synthetic maps, upthread, I too wondered what they were. I think I envisaged this sort of thing: http://relief-maps.co.uk/

but apparently it is a definite subset of map: http://www.gitta.info/ThematicCart/en/h ... ject3.html
although it's difficult to see how these would have been 'the last word' in a secondary school context. I think geography was a particular interest of EBD's.


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