Friday, August 14, 2009

Finals and FAQ

I turned in my final essay for my writing class on Wednesday, and I had my final math exam today. So, I'm all through with summer term, and am totally free until fall term!!! :)

Well, ok, so perhaps I'm not totally free. After all, I need to sign up for fall classes on I think the 17th (I need to double check that date), and then apply for a work study job. I did try to apply for a work study job earlier, but the financial aid office told me that I'm not allowed to do that until I'm actually enrolled -- and plans to enroll don't count. So once I'm enrolled I'll apply, and I'm assuming I'll start that job before start of term. We'll see.

Now I'll get on to the FAQ part of this post.

Before the exam today, one of my classmates asked "Where are you from?" I cannot tell you how many times I've been asked that. The answer just automatically pops out of my mouth now: "I'm from around here. I assume you're asking about the accent? It's actually a speech disorder."

I've mentioned the speech disorder before, in my last post about my passport problems. I'm fairly certain it's Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), though I haven't been diagnosed. A person with FAS develops an accent after head trauma. Weird thing is, if you put this FAS person in a room full of language specialists, the specialists will be convinced it's an accent rather than a speech disorder, and they won't all agree on what kind of accent it is.

Anyways, after I tell the curious person that I've grown up here, and that my "accent" is a speech disorder, they often apologize. On the other hand, they're sometimes totally convinced that it's not a speech disorder, and that it's actually an accent that I've somehow picked up. When that's the case (and sometimes even when that's not the case), I find myself explaining further:

"I'm sure it's a speech disorder -- I should not be speaking like this! I should be speaking like anyone around here, with maybe a bit of a southern accent picked up from my parents. You see, I fell on my head when I was about a year old, lost what little language I had, and when I started speaking again I had all kinds of problems. So yes, it is definitely a speech disorder."

Often enough people tell me "You should just tell people you're from some exotic place!" Maybe they think they're being original, but no, they're actually not. I've heard that one plenty of times before. To be truthful, I did once consider tell people that I'm from Europa -- one of Jupiter's moons. :P But I haven't...yet.

What I find interesting is hearing the places people think I'm from. People have guessed places on both hemispheres! It's funny. The two places people most often tell me I sound like I'm from are England and Australia. I've also heard New Zealand, and sometimes people think it's a USA southern accent. Then again, I once told a girl that some people think it sounds like a southern accent, and she explained to me that there is absolutely no way I sound like I'm from the south.

It's interesting, though, explaining to people in my hometown that I'm local. The Firefox spell checker doesn't like "Zealand." Weird.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've heard of FAS but you're the first person I've met (cyber-met, anyway) who has first-hand experience of it. Very cool!

Sarita said...

It's quite interesting. I mean, I'll be reading BBC or something else that's from out of states, and they're like "Those people in the USA are amazing! You head over there and they're all charmed by your accent, and asking where you're from!" I'm like "Yeah, I know that..." lol