mihangel wrote:scot47 wrote:
In some cases Bulgarians have no experience of listening to foreigners speaking their language and just get bamboozled by a slight change in stress or accent.
This is absolutely true, and it is not just the Bulgarians. Many years ago I remember being with my father walking through the main shopping street in Portsmouth. A man who was obviously from Yorkshire came up and asked the way to Arundel Street. My father, who didn't travel far in those days, couldn't make out what the man wanted at all, and it was only after the man repeated himself a few times that the penny dropped and my father realised that it was Arundel Street that the man wanted. Of course it was only around the corner and the man was then pointed in the right direction. Arundel Street became a family joke from then on.
Bending one's ear to account for strange accents is a skill that not everyone has, particularly people in Bulgarian villages and small towns.
I knew a guy from Paaaaartsmith or was it soooooodhampteen that would not dare speak cus he dare not ask for directions. He knew that speaking in the south would be met with little response and no help. Obviously the further north he went he found nicer and friendlier people (Obviously true unless the mod is a southerner ).Eventually he made his way to Yorkshire and asked for AA-rundel gate (mate) - and where the hell would that be we thought? Eventually we coaxed it out of the guy he wanted the cr uuuuuucibel theatah (mate) that was near arUNDEL gate.
Our ceilings were never the same again...
proving your point perhaps? Dialect and pronunciation is and are VERY important