Anyone ever get asked whether they're foreigners?

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Kirska
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02 Jan 2009, 12:03 pm

I have this happen in Dallas a lot. I have never figured out why. I guess part of it would have to do with me not having a Texas accent.


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02 Jan 2009, 12:13 pm

People often think that I am Europe (generally Poland of Scandanavia). This includes European immigrants, who intend it as a compliment, as well as making a genuine inquiry as to my place of origin). I think this comes from my use of text-book-esque grammar, multi-syllabic words, and the fact that I am perceived to be arrogant about things like art and philosophical ideas.

I also am frequently accused of being Canadian. This makes more sense, since my Grandparents are from Canada, and I picked up the accent as a child.



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02 Jan 2009, 11:18 pm

I was born in Germany, but came to America when I was three years old, so I don't have a German accent.



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02 Jan 2009, 11:23 pm

My brother, who I believe may be an Aspie, has somewhat of a Canadian accent. I find that very odd. He's been to Canada once, but he was one, so that wouldn't be an influence on him. Minnesota has a similar accent, and we have been there...but he had it before we went there. I've always found that strange.... :?


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03 Jan 2009, 12:40 am

I have been thought to be foreign this often happens when i am introduced to someone in a group.



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03 Jan 2009, 4:18 am

I am often mistaken for Russian/Eastern European (not sure why... I either have no accent at all or use "Oxbridge" english - depends where I am, although I can mimic other accents unconsiously and quite passibly).
Having a Russian first name does not really help when I try to explain that this is not the case...



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03 Jan 2009, 5:59 pm

I was born in Houston, but I moved up to central Indiana while I was in kindergarten (been down there a million times since). A lot of people often try to guess where I'm from since I don't have a Hoosier accent. I hear a bunch of different States (sometimes even Canada!). People usually say California, the Carolinas, the northeast (I speak quickly), Ohio, and Virginia. No one can ever believe I'm from Houston! lol However, if I'm really upset about something, I apparently have a thick Texas accent.

I took an American accent quiz online not too long ago and it actually said I'm most likely from a big southern city or Cincinatti. Pretty accurate if you ask me.



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03 Jan 2009, 11:46 pm

Your not from around here are you?

I get that everywhere I go.