“Kerry is beautiful as well. Although you might have difficulty with their accents!!”
“Celtic or Sell-tic”
Lately, I’ve been wondering how my accent is going to go over on this trip to Ireland. A couple of people have brought this up and I’ve been thinking about it. Will we be able to communicate? You know, once I have a few beers in me, I tend to talk to anyone, get little loud, sing a few bars, and once I start on the Irish Coffee (with Jameson), god knows, I’m the smarted guy in the room (I think it’s the cream).
Anyways, here I sit, a guy from the housing project, raised, educated, and living in Boston (suburbs). I’m told I have a very very good/bad (depending on where your from) Boston accent. Over the years working in the computer business, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around conducting training classes and have been told so many times things like; “oh we love your accent”, “where the hell are you from”, didn’t understand a word you said”, “could you repeat that…slowly”, “do you come with an interpreter?”, “ do you pahk your cah in Hahvid yahd”, etc, etc.
I think the most memorable times have been in California, they seem to get a kick out it and it generates a few smiles …I think it’s the accent, I’m not that handsome (well, maybe). Another time, I was in Utrecht, Holland…the first two days of each class, they would sit there rolling their cigarettes and they didn’t have a clue as to what I was saying (and you know, they didn’t seem to care either).
So you see my dilemma, what do you think? Is there a book (i.e. Irish accents for Dummies) you can recommend to help me build confidence or should I just keep drinking and forget about it?
P.S. I won’t even mention our Boston driving habits, just stay out of my way. We are well known around the world.