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anonymous asked:

So I'm not american, and I've been living in the USA for 3 years now. I have a pretty strong accent and I can't pronounce some sounds right no matter how hard I fucking try. I joke about if, my friends joke about it (i say "three trees" as "tree trees" etc) and it's fine. But yesterday I met an internet friend and holy fucking shit. Every sentence I said was interrupted by him YELLING the words I said wrong back at me and then throwing his head back and cackling. I felt like fucking shit.

Lord that’s awful. I hope he’s no longer an internet “friend”.

Especially annoying because English is one of the least prescriptivist languages out there. Like there are dialects of English that I have trouble understanding, but they’re entirely valid dialects. A lot of Brits think American accents sound very nasal-y (they’re right, we nasalize a ton of sounds). I know Southerners who are embarassed about their accents. Linguistic and accent diversity is a good thing.

anonymous asked:

thanks m8. that was actually really helpful. also, uh, ( þ ) is another 'th' sound, but... harder? or something, right? (sorry, I just, I dunno. I like knowing what letters do, even though it's very unlikely I'll ever really use it lmao)

Yep, you know it! It’s the ‘th’ sound in thorn (and actually, þorn is the pronounced name of the letter, and it comes from the runic Þ, which means….þyrnir/thorn! (or þurs/giant. runes are kinda complicated))

It’s never last in a sentence, happens to be my first initial and thus like, my letter. 

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