I never really thought I had an accent. I always thought it was everyone else who was mispronouncing everything. And I like how I talk. It’s a little tough, a little rough around the edges, but not quite as tough as, say, a Brooklyn accent. Or as annoying as, say, The Nanny. But now that I am teaching Princess to talk, its becoming apparent to me that I may need some speech lessons.
Let’s start with that word: “talk”. From what I now understand, it is supposed to be one syllable, huh? Hmm. Because I say Taw-uk. How about dog? One syllable again? Nope, I say Daw-ug. Door? Doo-uhr.
Coffee is Caw-fee.
Because is Be-caw-uhs.
Chocolate is Chaw-klit.
Mall is Maw-ull.
As I am teaching Princess her words, and she points to a door and says “What’s that?” and I answer “doo-uhr”…and she repeats my 2-syllable approach to the word…I wonder if I am teaching her the right thing or the wrong thing. But I guess being that she is going to grow up to be a Jersey Girl like her mom, she may as well learn to taw-uk like the rest of us.
(And just for the record, I don’t know ANYONE who says “Joisey” instead of Jersey!)