Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Thaddeus comes face-to-face with British English and overcomes intimidation with inspiration.
On Tuesday I finally flew into London Gatwick Airport, the seemingly little brother (and less expensive brother) to Heathrow.
Coming from Italy, it was a relief to hear English again! Although, it was in a very different dialect than I am sure most Americans are used to. That's a given. But the English dialect was definitely the first thing I noticed getting off the plane. I think the UK English dialect has a very interesting flow and tone that follows it. It's not a negative tone, but I felt the need to rise to the level of sophistication that the dialect carries when I was interacting with people off the plane, especially at Border Control! My acting company members expressed the same feelings—even though we have studied the dialect intensively throughout our sophomore year!
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