Language study in Bournemouth

22 January – 14 June 1996

THE COUNTRY

The People

Britain is made up of four different nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The first real difference is their language. Although all of them speak English, I got into trouble the first time I tried to communicate with someone from Scotland and Wales respectively. Their dialect, I’m not talking about Welsh or Gaelic, differs so much from the so called RP (received pronunciation) accent, which is taught in the schools, that at first I had the impression that I was hearing an other language. Nevertheless I got used to it. Even though the “Queens English” was the predominant accent in Bournemouth, because of contacts with people from London and Liverpool I have almost no problems in understanding Cockney English or Scouse. Continue reading Language study in Bournemouth