Post # 17
Maybe you can say something to her in private, depending on how well you know her? You could also do an intervention like they did on HIMYM when Lily started talking in the British accent after watching a series of movies (can’t remember the name)
Post # 18
I pick up an accent from watching Harry Potter or Braveheart. It’s seriously that bad. I once watched all the HP movies in one day, could not shake my accent for like 3 days. I’d say give her time too. If she is forcing it, she will stop. If not it will fade. I know if I went to Ireland for 2 weeks it would take me forever to hake the accent once I got back.
Post # 20
Its so frustrating too. I once was sitting next to an English woman in a restaurant and I started picking up her accent. She thought I was making fun of her. I felt so bad. I don’t know why I do it, but I also pick up foreign languages really easily too. Even if I can’t speak the language I can understand exactly what they are saying. Well with the Latin based ones I can…
Post # 21
This post made me laugh really hard. I would be so embarassed for her. I think I would just ask her, ‘what’s with the accent’ or ‘gee your voice changed’ and see what she says. It could be just for fun, or maybe she really.thinks.she.is.irish.now.
Granted, she must have had a great trip, but OMG.
Post # 22
I actually pick up accents really easily too. In fact, when I’m tired I have a heavy Southern accent. Although now I’m concious of it since Fiance pointed it out to me, gently.
Not sure how close you are with your friend. If you two are tight then you could break it to her gently that it’s noticable that she picked up a strange accent, otherwise I’d say ignore it and either it’ll go away on it’s own or it’ll become her new quirk!
Post # 23
I’d HAVE to say something! I understand not wanting to offend her but that is kinda bizarre. I had a friend in college who was from a small town in Connecticut. When she moved to NYC she immediately “adopted” a heavy NYer accent. The thing that you’d know if you lived in NYC is that not everyone has that strong, stereotypical accents. I and most of our friends did not so it was clearly forced. I mentioned it light heartedly, kind of in passing. I said something like, “jeez it sounds like you’ve been here since childhood! How’d that happen?”. She definitely toned it down and now she’s over it completely… 8 years later- haha.
Post # 24
oh, 8 years later.
I pick up accents quickly as well, but as a PP said, I drop it just as fast. I lived with two British exchange students in university and when I first met them I definitely picked up a slight accent on some words in particular but after a day or two you get used to hearing it without subconciously immitating it.
I’m not trying to approach it in a judgemental way, and I hope it’s not coming across like that. I genuinely don’t want her to embarrass herself at work and it’s really hard to speak to her with a straight face. Our common work friends know we’re friends outside of the job and have been the ones approaching me about it. When my boss gets back from vacation on Monday boss will DEFINITELY say something to her about the accent. In the mean time it sounds like the consensus is to let it go and see if it wears off which was my gut reaction.
Thanks everyone who responded!
Post # 25
@thursdayschild: i’d probably say something. i pick up accents easily too and have a knack for learning languages. it’s one thing for you to be in that country and having the accent to maybe communicate better with the locals who know a little english and pronounce english words the way they do so they can maybe understand you better, but to come back from vacation and carry on like that is silly.
Post # 26
hahaha this is so funny!!! Now I am going to think aboutthis whenever I watch HP.
I would just make a joke about not knowing someone could pick up such a heavy accent in two weeks, maybe she will get that she isnt fooling anyone.
Post # 27
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Start using the same horrible fake accent around her… only worse… and tell her it must be contagious. Keep it up until she stops.
Post # 28
I get so much crap for it. I’m sure it will come in handy if I ever find myself in a foreign country but here it’s bothersome.
Post # 30
I would say something. That’s just weird, and honestly it would annoy the heck out of me. Not to mention I couldn’t watch a friend of mine make a fool of herself without saying anything.
Post # 31
I don’t really think it’s your business, how she talks. Maybe she is faking, maybe not. Who really cares……