Americans love my euro-sounding accent.
I was from Montreal. But, I was an anglophone who grew up in English-speaking neighborhood of Montreal and I’ve got South African English parents.
I have Foreign Accent Symptom. I couldn’t speak after my massive stroke in 2008. Finally, around 2012, my speech therapy, SpeakIt! (iPhone app) and my book of suffixes gave me the example of expressing my speaking in oral dialect and written tones.
But, lately, talking to the reception of my neurophysician office by phone, she said, “you must be an ‘oriental’ man”. (Living life in the Southern small town is a polite racist experience).
“No,” I said, “my stroke gave me this accent”.
Oh, she said.
How could people see me speaking to them and come up that I speak with a French, Scottish, Ukraine accent.
And, the reception talking on the phone with me came up with an Asian accent.
Maybe, it’s a matter of reassembling my big sentences in my grammatical complex in my left brain. I speak with a complicated stuttering usage of ‘neurophysician’ and ‘I would like to come in August the eight at two-and-half pee-em” and “I am on anti-seizure medication taken it per daily” and so on. I used non-verbal communication with my body and my fascial expressions, none of which is present on the phone.
I listen to my daughters (on FaceTime and in person), my dates and a stranger.
I can gestured to my friend.
That’s why emoticons are so important; when you cannot write your feeling on your message to your friend and lover.