What IRKS me….

I am REALLY TIRED of calling DirecTV or my Part D Medical Insurance company, or TracFone, or many other important calls, and getting someone whose accent I have trouble with.  I am a person who gets accents…My mother has one, my husband certainly had one, my stepkids have one, my grandparents had one, I’ve lived in France and Germany, etc.  But, I am tired of having quite important info I’ve called for so difficult to grasp due to a very thick accent.

I’d write more but every time I type a ‘t’, I get a ‘g’ , too, due to the  bandage packing on my cut finger and it’s driving me crazy 🙂

YOU TELL ME….does this accent tghing irk you?  (I left tghe ‘g’s’ on purpose!)…..

I NEED INFO….SPEAK CLEAR ENGLISH, PLEASE!!

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14 Responses to What IRKS me….

  1. bocopro says:

    Well . . . didja ever wunder how THEY might cud see it – they is sum Murkans whut don’t speke reel kleer wunsinawhile:

    hay dood
    heidi
    hire yew
    wassup
    ammo git sum all
    wut fer a far
    no ya idjit furma foad
    hay jeet chet
    naw jew
    kinah heavy dew me sumpin
    ax on ole sun
    no dat choaknpyook wit d big sebmup sine
    overair onna kona bah d tar stow
    assa wun
    run overair n git me a sammich n a ornj
    shore zat it
    snuff to tarred deat mornat
    whyncha go long
    gotta wacheez kritturz
    oaz ow tair
    all m
    hmmm yeah zatcher dawg air mungem
    ass no dog assa pig
    L I B
    m all is
    beun ugly dawg
    sherwood
    L bakina fyoo
    K

    And don’t even start with ebonics.

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  2. We have the same here with the home care nurses and home health aide. Mr. AOW and I are really good at understanding fractured English, but I wonder about those patients who don’t have that ability.

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  3. Mustang says:

    I never make those kinds of calls. I ask Kid to do it for me because it gives him an opportunity to speak Farsi … he actually pays me to make those calls.

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  4. Kid says:

    The only time I get someone speaking very poor English is when I’m making a call for Mustang. I’m getting pretty good at swearing in Russian these days. Blyat !

    So, this Indian guy is applying for a phone support job with a company that does tech support for Dell computers.
    The interviewer asks him to use Green, Pink, and Yellow in a couple sentences. The applicant says “The phone goes Green Green, I Pink it up and say Yellow this is Mujibar, how can I help you”.

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  5. Baysider says:

    Yes!!!! And I, too, am good at accents. I just spent a whole weekend at a seminar with a German presenter and complicated, technical terminology – excellent English, but accent still. No problem. And reading from a script that is not appropriate for the call – ugh! Still, I’ve complimented some who have such good English. I know even a slight Filipino accent when I hear it, and understand Tagalog’s or Ilocano’s natural sounds and cadences are so different from English that it takes skill – and perhaps a natural gift – to overcome. One call center I knew to be in India had a tech with such perfect idiomatic English and only slightest non-English cadence I asked if she had gone to school here. The first round of the best English speakers were swept up with the first call centers, then the economics kicked in and they drew in more people who can’t speak well. It seems the ones in South America are the worst, and I’ve not figured that one out.

    BTW, your blog no longer accepts an autofill for my identity and I go into moderation.

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  6. Baysider says:

    Except THIS post didn’t go into moderation. Can’t figure this out.

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  7. Kid says:

    My credentials are also no longer filled in by default.

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  8. Mal says:

    Its the same with Rednecks, Z. Consider the following meanings:

    Cheer: Pappy sure does like sitting in his rockin’ CHEER.
    Ranch: Can you hand me the RANCH from my toolbox?
    Did: There’s a DID possum in the middle of the road.
    Bard: I BARD that El Camino from my cousin Jimmy.
    Rat: Go down the road and make a RAT turn at the bait shop.
    Awl: I need to get a quart of AWL for the outboard motor.
    Far: My still blew up and caught FAR.
    Bass: That was the BASS moonshine I ever had.

    See? Ya kin be a ferner in yer own country!

    ;o)

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    My beef is not against accents. I loved a German accent very much, FOR 22 YEARS..And I can tell what part of Germany people are from the accent in their English.

    MY BEEF IS ABOUT PEOPLE IN POSITIONS FROM WHICH I NEED INFORMATION….AND THEY ARE ALMOST TOTALLY NOT UNDERSTOOD. AND I AM THE AMERICAN, CALLING FOR AMERICAN INFORMATION FROM AN AMERICAN COMPANY AND HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE FOREIGN ACCENT.
    IT’S LIKE DRIVE-THRU FAST FOOD…THEY REPEAT MY ORDER TO ME AND I’VE NOW TAKEN TO SAYING “OK….WHATEVER” AND HOPING WHEN I GET HOME I GOT WHAT I ASKED FOR.

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    BY THE WAY, i do not apologize anymore….now i try to be polite, in total frustration, and say something like “You know, I can’t understand you and I need this information….this is frustrating to me and i’m sure it is to you, too, but speak slower…….more clearly’

    doesn’t usually work well…but sometimes.
    “Oh, I’m so sorry” they say (I think)…..ya, right.

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  11. Bob says:

    Things get tough sometimes, Z. I remember one time the letter F key broke on my Dell laptop. It was a week before I could write memos and get a new keyboard installed.

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    Right, Bob…life happens, and it throws us off! Every time I type T I get G with it….thankfully, the ‘divot’ in my finger never hurt like simple flap/cuts do….this is quite an injury
    No F …oy!!

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  13. Sparky says:

    Got the same “irk” Z. I’ve actually asked for someone who can speaking better American. Last time I called DirecTV to actually cancel because I can’t take it anymore, had my speech all set, but the Indian guy gave me a huge discount just to stay another year. Aw well. So much for principals. LOL

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  14. Mal says:

    We all have to put up with it today. It gets even more frustrating when you get reduced hearing due to age, which further compounds the problem. I’ve esp. noticed its not only reduced hearing (volume) that is the problem. The SPEED of speech becomes another factor as we age. Our minds simply won’t process speech as quickly, causing us to say “huh?” which leaves the speaker believing they only need to speak louder and doesn’t solve the problem.

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