||[Dec. 28th, 2009|12:13 am]
The Question Club
For those of you who know languages other than your native one, are there any dialects or accents that you have a hard time understanding, or cannot understand at all?|
For example, my sister knows French, and can understand anyone from Francophone countries. Haiti, Morocco, parts of West African such as Mali, and can understand them fine. In many cases French is the person's first language. However, with actual French people, it all goes over her head.
My Spanish is okay and I can generally understand most Latin America dialects and accents (although Argentines are more difficult especially because of the use of vos) but if I'm talking to an actual Spaniard...I can't understand at all.
Also when I was in Costa Rica I knew a lot of locals who knew English and I could talk to perfectly fine, but then if a British or Australian person in my group tried to speak to them...nothing. I would have to "translate," basically saying the exact same thing back but in my American accent.
Anyone in here have any similar experiences?
EDIT: I know this is normal, I'm just looking for what others have experienced in this regard.