Where Are You From? I hear an accent! – By Lear Matthews
The question, “where are you from? You have an accent” is one that is quite familiar to immigrants. The stimulus for such a query is usually based on one’s speech pattern, accent or other linguistic attributes that appear to be different or “foreign.” A good friend told me that his initial inclination is to respond by saying “Earth! Where are you from?” when asked this question. But he quickly declared that because he was raised to be polite, he exercises self restraint, empathy and diplomacy.
He further stated that his response may be followed by pointing out to the questioner that she/he too has an “accent”. Continue reading