Thread: New member from Dorset, UK
I've been a member for a while, but it's about time I got off my backside and wrote this intro!
I'm originally from Hall Green, Birmingham (although I didn't know about Sarehole at the time - somewhat embarassing!).
I've always been interested in languages and foreign lands, and took to Tolkien's Hobbit and LOTR when I was 9. This interest has continued, and I now have a degree in European Studies and German from Aston Uni (yes, I returned to my native homeland in Bham for a while).
I now live in Wimborne, near Bournemouth in Dorset, UK.
Anyway, please get in touch (regardless of location - I now speak a little Greek and Bulgarian as well!) if you fancy a natter!
I've got a few cassettes of Tolkien reading his own work; sometimes it's difficult to make out what he's saying!
There are also some other wonderful accents out there - the Austrian accent has a beautiful 'rolling' sound to it. The Greek accent has some nice soft sounds in it. And I love the Jamaican accent - it's a very 'bouncy' accent, full of life, even when the person who's speaking isn't!
Do you have any favourite accents (apart from English)?
It also gets slightly annoying with the way the English treat languages. When people come to England, they are expected to speak English. Yet few English people make the effort to speak a foreign language (even when, for example, buying a beer at a bar in Spain) when they are abroad. With the exception of English, do you speak any other languages? Or even Quenya? I'd like to learn this, but haven't got round to it. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to have an online chat completely in Quenya? Then we'd have a language EVERYONE can learn - and invent new words where Tolkien didn't complete the language!
Anyway, cheers for replying!
Hi Ben, welcome to our little society! I just wanted to say I love to hear British folk speak English, it sounds so terribly nice. I'm from Belgium myself, and speak Dutch as my mothertongue. I also speak English, Russian, a bit of French and a very small bit of German. It's always nice to know some languages, easier when you go on holiday... I would love to learn Italian one day too. *sigh*
Anyway, I hope you enjoy your hopefully long stay here at PT! Cheers!
I love English, I think it is the best language in the world for literature but then I am biased because I don't speak any other language well enough to converse. I have great respect for all those non-English-speaking-as-a-first-language members of PT who communicate so well both here and in the chat room. However, I have difficulty in understanding other English accents, especially the Brummie one! And they all think I am a Cockney even though I don't have anything like a Cockney accent.
Anyway, glad to have you aboard.
I simply love England , but also Irland.The language is Wonderful !! I worked in London before , but I am from Norway
Nice to see another Brit, well impressed you can speak other languages, I can't. Hope you enjoy PT. I'm having a great time - everyone sooo friendly. Looking forward to your threads.
Wonder how many people there are from each country on PT - does anyone know???