Thursday, August 25, 2011

Using accents to help me decipher

This is the method that I use to help me identify a person’s race. However, I hasten to add that it does not always work. It works if I am curious to decipher one’s nationality but in more cases these days, someone who was born in America or even Canada may not always have an accent that would enable me to tell their true race.

For example, someone of Chinese descent who was born in Canada almost always has an accent of a native Canadian so I would not be able to tell their race. It is even more ironic if I am trying to tell the race of someone who has a French accent having been born in Quebec. These days, there are so many Canadians with French accents and at the same time of different races.

I am always curious to learn a person’s background, culture, and race. Just so that I can get a complete picture of them. Some accents are easier to detect than others. Intonations also help me. The accents strategy still works to some extent but I am not sure how much longer it is going to work for me with the advent of the intermingling of more cultures and races.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell others how I use accents to help me decipher.

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