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Language autobiography. Being a girl of a mixed ethnic background, you can imagine the diversity of language used across my family. The dialects and accents have a wide variety as my family are spread all across the globe.

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Being a girl of a mixed ethnic background, you can imagine the diversity of language used across my family. The dialects and accents have a wide variety as my family are spread all across the globe. My mother carol is British born and bred in the Essex country side. Whereas my father ahmed is, half Lebanese and half Palestinian. My mum's first language is English and she speaks in standard English, this could be because of her profession as a nurse has an influence on her speech and it wouldn't be professional of her to constantly use colloquial language. My father's first language is Arabic, the Palestinian dialect Arabic. There are so many dialects of Arabic sometimes it seems like it's a completely different language! He can also speak French as fluent as he can Arabic because French is also a main language in Lebanon. he is also fluent in English, but he has an Arab accent. ...read more.


I remember some of my mum's friends telling me I had a slight American accent. But my accent quickly changed because of influences around me in school. My surname is Said, but it's pronounced "Syed" and I remember reading the Biff and Chip books in my first school and saying "and Chip Syed this". My teacher found it highly amusing! Ever since I moved to England, over the years I slowly forgot how to speak Arabic as I got out of the habit of speaking in Arabic often. Now I only know greetings and little phrases in Arabic. Trying to learn Arabic again was extremely difficult because I'm so used to the rules in the English language such as the "Ough" sound. Being so used to certain rules really affects trying to learn a new language, especially Arabic. Learning Arabic was very different to English and the Arabic alphabet has more letters than the English alphabet, which include sounds as well as letters. ...read more.


My cousins who live in Essex say that I have a "brightonian" accent, is there such thing? According to my cousins, people from Brighton raise their tone at the end of every sentence like they are constantly asking questions. I can't notice myself doing it or other people doing it around me. The way I talk changes depending on the context. For example, when I'm with my friends I use a large amount of colloquial language. Whereas when I'm with my mum or teachers I would not use this language, I would talk in a more Standard English way. Having a lot of friends from an ethnic community, I've learnt a lot of slang and colloquial words. Even though these friends are from an Arabic background, I would never talk to my family in the Middle East in this way. I think I change the way I speak to different people, depending on who it is to make a good impression and to make my language appropriate to the situation. The different use of language always comes back to the context its used in. ...read more.

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