Accents have been a hobby of mine for quite a while. There’s nothing like donning a British accent after a long day and confusing your siblings. Maybe I do it for the challenge. Learning to speak in an accent can be difficult if you haven’t heard the accent very clearly. The most difficult one for me to learn has so far been Australian. You Aussies sure love to confuse Americans, don’t you?
The thing about accents is that they transform a person. Suddenly I’m not just another boring American teenager, I’m an Irish boarding school student with a checkered past and a sly smile. Suddenly I’m a British teen with street smarts and wicked fast reflexes. Suddenly I’m not me, I’m someone else.
Maybe accents appeal to me so much because I don’t find myself all that interesting. After all, who cares about an American dance dropout with mediocre art and basketball skills and more mental issues than she had time to handle?
I think the reason I like mimicking accents so much is because I can stop focusing on myself and focus on someone else. I can morph into whoever I want to be. I don’t have to feel trapped in an American accent and a too-tall, too-thin body.
I can be free... simply by changing the way I speak.
I didn’t really know where this was going but that’s ok lol. Have a good day!! -dee <3